Project Team

The Brains in a Dish is led by artist Charlie Murphy and Dr Selina Wray (UCL’s Institute of Neurology).

Charlie Murphy’s art practice spans glass, light, sculpture, photography, performance and video – creating dramatic installations, public engagement events, performances, screenings and exhibitions. Widely known for her popular touring ‘kiss-in’ events, her projects often involve participation and collaboration of some kind. Her work is presented in many different festival, gallery and public contexts in the UK and internationally including The Royal Festival Hall, The Wellcome Collection, Science Gallery (Dublin), The Big Dance Festival, Tate Modern, Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Artsway’s ‘New Forest Pavilion’ at the Venice Biennale. She is an experienced lecturer and arts educator and is one of the co-directors of Created out of Mind team who have been in residence in Wellcome’s Hub from 2016-18.

Philip Ball ‘s writings on science for the popular press have covered many topical issues.He is the author of many popular books on science, social and political philosophy, cognition, physics, interactions between art and science, and has delivered lectures to scientific and general audiences.
Selina Wray recieving the David Hague Early Career Investigator of the Year Award 2018 (photo:ARUK). Her research aims to generate induced pluripotent stem cells and neurons as cell models for neurological disease, with a particular focus on frontotemporal dementia. Selina was awarded her PhD in 2008 and subsequently joined the laboratory of Professor John Hardy at UCL Institute of Neurology as an Alzheimer’s Research UK Research Fellow. She regularly contributes to education programmes for young people including South Banks International Girl Day and Wellcome’s ‘Cell: the patterns of life Biology discussion event and was selected for Red magazine’s ‘Women Shaping Your World’ Awards 2014.
Christopher Lovejoy is a PhD student studying neuroscience at the UCL Institute of Neurology in the lab of Dr Selina Wray and Dr Tammaryn Lashley. His scholarship is work is sponsored by Phil Bunker.
Fergus Walsh has been the BBC’s medical correspondent since 2006. He has won several awards for medical journalism, and has been commended for his work in making important health topics more understandable to the public.

More info about Fergus Walsh here 

Nick Fox, is Professor of Neurology at UCL and leader of the UK DRI at UCL. His research investigates on the early detection, differential diagnosis and monitoring of progression in cognitive disorders and neurodegenerative dementias.
Nick is director of the Dementia Research Centre at UCL

All enquiries  please contact Charlie on 07855328565 or