Photo credit: Sam Hardwick (Hay Festival)

Photo credit: Sam Hardwick (Hay Festival)

Gemma Modinos

Principal Investigator

Gemma studied a BSc in Psychology at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, followed by an MSc in Applied Neurosciences at the University of Barcelona (Spain). She then moved to the Netherlands to do a PhD in Neuroscience (Cum Laude, highest distinction) with Profs. André Aleman and Johan Ormel at the University of Groningen. As a post-doc, Gemma moved to the UK to continue her academic career with Prof. Philip McGuire in the Department of Psychosis Studies at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), King’s College London.

In 2013, Gemma received a prestigious NARSAD Young Investigator Award to examine the relationship between functional MRI activation during emotional processing and glutamate levels in healthy people with high schizotypy. In 2016, she was awarded a King’s Prize Fellowship to facilitate her transition to an independent research career, and shortly after received a Wellcome Trust & Royal Society Sir Henry Dale Fellowship, allowing her to initiate her own lab at King’s College London (see Research). She is currently also an Honorary Senior Lecturer in the Departments of Psychosis Studies and Neuroimaging at the IoPPN, and intermittently a Visiting Scholar at Prof. Anthony A. Grace’s lab in the Department of Neuroscience at the University of Pittsburgh (USA). She currently also Chairs the ENIGMA Schizotypy working group. Gemma is Fellow and Board Member of the Young Academy of Europe, an Academy of Medical Sciences’ SUSTAIN participant, and was recently the first female to win the SIRS Rising Star award.


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Amanda Kiemes

Research Assistant & PhD Student

BSocSc Psychology, The University of Hong Kong, 2016
MSc Neuroscience, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), King’s College London, 2017



Paulina Lukow

NIHR Maudsley BRC PhD Student
Biomedical Science, University of Surrey, 2018

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Andrea Ilario De Micheli

Research Coordinator (IoPPN) and Clinical Research Worker (SLaM - OASIS)

MD, University of Pavia, 2016
PhD student (Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), King's College, London)


Zerrin Atakan

Consultant Psychiatrist & Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer

MD, Hacettepe University, Turkey

FRCPsych, UK

MSc Students

Larisa Dinu | MSc Psychiatric Research, IoPPN, KCL

Lab Alumni

María Pérez González | ERASMUS+ Trainee Ridhika Poojara | Former Research Assistant

Former MSc Students

Emma Bannister | MSc Psychiatric Research, IoPPN, KCL
Marwa Hamdan | MSc Psychiatric Research, IoPPN, KCL
Ava Mason | MSc Psychiatric Research, IoPPN, KCL
Alba Peris | MSc Neuroscience, IoPPN, KCL
Maria Waltmann | MSc Neuroscience, IoPPN, KCL
Anna McLaughlin
| MSc Psychiatric Research, IoPPN, KCL
Kurtis Stewart
| MSc Psychiatric Research, IoPPN, KCL
Yun He
| MSc Psychiatric Research, IoPPN, KCL


Anthony A. Grace Lab
Department of Neuroscience
University of Pittsburgh

Beatriz Rico Lab
Department of Developmental Neurobiology
King’s College London

Kim Do
Center for Psychiatric Neuroscience
Department of Psychiatry
Lausanne University Hospital

Ruben Gur
Neuropsychiatry Section University of Pennsylvania