Harriet Dempsey-Jones

Postdoctoral Researcher in Clinical Neurosciences, University of Oxford

Harriet is a researcher at the Oxford University FMRIB Centre (Centre for Functional MRI of the Brain). She recently moved to the UK from Australia, where she completed her PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Queensland.

Her research interests cover a diverse range of topics regarding the brain plasticity and the area of the brain that represents the body (the somatosensory system). In recent studies she has investigated how we can use training to enhance the acuity of our senses - and further - how we can alter brain plasticity to further enhance this learning process. Her work also looks at how plastic changes occur in the brain after removal of sensory input - either through amputation of a limb, anaesthetics or other interventions. Finally, how learning and plasticity can alter the balance of neural excitation and inhibition and receptive field structures.

Harriet also loves teaching, and has taught a variety of courses within The University of Queensland and Oxford University on neuroscience, physiology and psychology.


  • 2016–present
    Postdoctoral research associate, University of Oxford
  • 2011–2016
    PhD in Cognitive Neuropsychology, University of Queensland