Lab Members

Flavia Mancini – Head of Nox Lab

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Flavia is a Career Development Award fellow and head of the Nox Lab at the Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge. Her fellowship is funded by the Medical Research Council. She trained in cognitive neuroscience at the University of Milan, University College London and University of Cambridge. Our past research has defined how the human brain encodes pain sensations, and our current research focuses on investigating how learning shapes pain using computational models, in healthy volunteers and patients with chronic pain.

Swati Rajwal – Research Assistant, Nox Lab

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Swati is a Research Assistant in the Department of Engineering at University of Cambridge. Currently, her research focuses primarily on understanding the temporal structure of pain through behavioral assessment of chronic pain patients. In addition to her research, she actively participates in mentorship initiatives such as Google’s WomenTechmaker Program. Prior to joining Nox lab, she worked with collaborators from Mayo Clinic, Oxford University and Accenture Research Lab. 

Xuanci Zheng – Research Assistant, Nox Lab

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Xuanci is a research assistant in the Nox Lab. His current research is mainly about the temperal structure of pain and the statistical learning mechanism underlining chronic pain patients. His research interest is mainly about Brain Computer Interface and the clinical use of machine learning algorithms with neuroimaging data. He have a B.A. in Computer science from Tongji University, China and an MPhil in Psychology from the University of Cambridge.

Master of Engineering (MEng.), 4th Year Students

Carl Ashworth – 2022-23

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Carl is an engineering student at the University of Cambridge. His research at lab focuses on the detection of neural correlates of pain prediction uncertainties in the brain. On the side, he is a keen musician, and is currently president of the Robinson College Music Society in Cambridge. He holds a Diploma in Trombone.

Xinyi (Sherry) Wang 2022-23

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Sherry is an engineering student at the University of Cambridge. Her research project at Nox lab examines the neural correlation of prediction confidence using fNIRS, a non-invasive neuroimaging technique. 

Yuen Shan (Sharon) Ho 2022-23

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Sharon is a medical student intercalating in Masters in Engineering at the University of Cambridge. Her research work focuses on characterizing how back pain fluctuates over the scale of a few minutes by designing a continuous pain-tracking task for patients with chronic back pain.

Lab Interns

Maeghal Jain 2022-23

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Maeghal is an computer science engineering student. Her research work focuses on the detection of neural correlates of pain prediction uncertainties in the brain.

Affiliated Lab Members

Jakub OnyskResearch Assistant. Jakub’s journey began with the study of Mathematics and Philosophy at the University of Exeter. His mathematical background and interest in philosophy of mind led him to pursue an MSc in Cognitive Science at the University of Edinburgh, where he focused on computational psychiatry of eating disorders. He continues to explore the mechanisms of suffering, here at the Nox Lab, investigating the perceptual and motivational aspects of pain.


Affiliated members:

Dounia Mulders – FNRS research fellow at Universite’ Catholique de Louvain, Cambridge and MIT

Maeghal Jain – intern student

MEng 4th year students 2022/23: Carl Ashworth | Sharon Ho | Sherry Wang

Alumni: Jakub Onysk | Mia Whitefield | Georgia Turner | Agatha Anet | Anna Guttesen | Karina Dolgevica | James Steckelmacher | Armando Bauleo | Alessia Pepe | Giulia di Stefano | Anne-Lise Beaumont