Magnetoencephalography at the CCNi

Joachim Gross


Professional Experience

2008 Director of Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging (CCNi)

Professor of Psychology, Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging (CCNi), Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology.  Head of MEG Lab.


Post-doctoral thesis (Habilitation) at the Medical Faculty of Heinrich-Heine University Duesseldorf


Senior researcher in the MEG Laboratory, Department of Neurology, Heinrich-Heine University Duesseldorf


PostDoc in the MEG Laboratory, Department of Neurology, Heinrich-Heine University Duesseldorf


PhD at the Institute of Medicine (IME) at the Research Center Juelich and the MPI for Cognitive Neuroscience in Leipzig
"On linear and nonlinear Transformations of neuroelectromagnetic Signals"



Physics at the University of Hannover, Germany


Diploma in the Department for Neuroradiology at the Medical University in Hannover: "Flow artefacts in MR imaging"


Physics and Mathematics at the Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas with degree Bachelor of Science (summa cum laude)


Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator Award, 2013

Samuel Williamson Prize at the International conference for Biomagnetism, Dubrovnik, Croatia, 2010

Senior Fellowship Award, Zukunftskolleg, University of Konstanz, 2010

Science Prize of Nordrhein-Westfalen 2003 for the work: “Tomographic mapping of functional connectivity in the human brain using magnetoencephalography.”


  • BBSRC, PI, 2015-2018, £750K, The neural representation of vocal emotion: representational similarity analysis and information-theoretic approaches
  • BBSRC with Christoph Kayser, 2015-2018, co-PI, £400K,Pathways and mechanisms underlying the visual enhancement of hearing in challenging environments.
  • MRC with Peter Uhlhaas, 2014-2016, co-PI, £800K, Using Magnetoencephalography to Investigate Aberrant Neural Synchrony in Prodromal Schizophrenia.
  • Wellcome Trust, Joint Senior Investigator Award, 2013-2018, PI, £2M, Natural and modulated neural communication
  • MRC 2013-2015, £400K, Investigating the neural basis for checking, selective attention and working memory in obsessive compulsive disorder, through MEG and TMS. Kessler (PI), Cavanagh, Gross, Thut.
  • MRC/EPSRC Partnership Grant of all UK MEG centres, Co-PI, £1.3M
  • BBSRC 2012-2014, Co-PI, £247K, Audiovisual integration of identify information from the face and the voice
  • BBSRC 2011-2013, Co-PI, £460K, Cerebral processing of nonverbal affective vocalization
  • BBSRC (2011-14), Co-PI, £460K, Modifying Brain Oscillations to drive perception
  • Wellcome Trust, (2011-14), PI, £225K, Neural Mechanisms of sensory awareness
  • Wellcome Trust Grant, Technology Development (2009-2012), Co-PI, £270K, Non cryogenic integrated optical magnetometers for Magnetocardiography (MCG) and Magnetoencephalography (MEG)
  • Wellcome Trust Grant, Technology Development (2008-2011), PI, £180K, Investigating neural communication with multivariate autoregressive models
  • ESRC Large scale Grant, Social interaction (Co-PI): A cognitive-neurosciences approach (01/10/2007 - 01/10/2011), £4.25M
  • Wellcome VIP Award 2007 (£20K), PI
  • Title: "Functional interactions in the human brain: Magnetoencephalographic investigations of the interactions of neural populations in the motor system” (Gross, Schnitzler) PostDoc position for 2 years from the research committee of the medical faculty in DuesseldorfTitle: “A methodological framework for spatio-temporal characterization of large scale oscillatory neural interactions in the human brain.” Methodologically-oriented project within the research initiative „Dynamics and Adaptivity of neuronal systems “ (Schnitzler, Gross) 300.000 Euro, VolkswagenStiftung 

Panels and editorial boards

BBSRC expert pool, member (2016- )

Norway Research Council, Neuroscience panel (2016-)

Cardiff Neuroimaging Centre Advisory Board (2015- )


Human Brain Mapping


Brain Connectivity



Current Biology

PLOS Biology (also as ad-hoc academic editor)
Journal of Neuroscience
Human Brain Mapping
European Journal of Neuroscience
Psychological Sciences
Journal of Neurophysiology
Clinical Neurophysiology
Brain Cognition
BMC Biology
Frontiers in Neuroscience
IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering
and others