Kia Nobre


Director of OHBA

  • Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Tutorial Fellow in Psychology, New College, Oxford
  • Head of Brain & Cognition Lab

Anna Christina Nobre (known as Kia Nobre) is a cognitive neuroscientist interested in understanding the principles of the neural systems that support cognitive functions in the human brain. Her current research looks at how neural activity linked to perception and cognition is modulated according to memories, task goals, and expectations. In addition to revealing the basic mechanisms of these large-scale dynamic regulatory mechanisms, she is interested in how these develop over the lifespan, and how they are disrupted in psychiatric and neurodegenerative disorders. Enriching translational clinical neuroscience with cutting-edge and rigorous fundamental cognitive neuroscience is one of her major scientific goals.

Her work integrates behavioural methods with a powerful combination of non-invasive techniques to image and stimulate the human brain, such as electro- and magneto-encephalography (EEG and MEG), structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). Funding for her core research activities comes from the Wellcome Trust, NIHR, and JSMF. Students and fellows in her laboratory also receive generous support from the Brazilian Government Science without Borders Programme, Clarendon Fund, John Fell Fund, Medical Research Council (MRC), St John’s College Oxford, Rhodes Scholarship, Royal Society, and Wellcome Trust.

Brief Biography

Kia grew up in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and then completed her University education in the United States. She obtained her PhD (1993) and carried out postdoctoral research at Yale University, supervised by Gregory McCarthy, and then became Instructor at Harvard Medical School, working with Marsel Mesulam at the Behavioral Neurology Unit of Beth Israel Hospital. She moved to Oxford in 1994 to take up a McDonnell Lectureship in Cognitive Neuroscience and a Junior Research Fellowship at New College.

Current Positions

Kia is Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Oxford and Tutorial Fellow in Experimental Psychology at New College, Oxford. She is also Adjunct Professor at Northwestern University in Chicago, USA, where she is a member of the Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease Center (CNADC). Kia directs the Oxford Centre for Human Brain Activity (OHBA) and heads the Brain & Cognition Lab. She leads the Cognitive Health in Ageing Programme and the Strategic Working Group on Dementia and Ageing Research at the Oxford Biomedical Research Centre (BRC). Kia acts as Delegate for the Oxford University Press (OUP), advisor to the James S. McDonnell Foundation Program (JSMF) in Understanding Human Cognition, and as member of the Wellcome Trust Neuroscience and Mental Health Expert Review Group.


Kia is committed to keeping curiosity and science alive. She is dedicated to education and mentoring at all levels. She is also active and interested in communicating and discussing scientific ideas with the public.


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Oxford Cognitive Health in Ageing Programme:

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Twitter: @KiaNobre

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