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Short Description
2016-Present Wellcome Senior Research Fellow
University of Oxford
2015-Present Associate Director
FMRIB, University of Oxford
2014-Present Professor of Biomedical Engineering
NDCN, University of Oxford

Major funding sources

  • Wellcome Trust
  • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC UK)
  • Medical Research Council (MRC UK)
  • European Research Council (ERC)

Karla Miller

Professor of Biomedical Engineering


I develop novel methods for acquiring, reconstructing and analyzing MRI scans of the brain. My early research focused on techniques for studying brain function and connectivity. More recently, I have also begun to develop techniques for studying tissue microstructure with MRI, including the use of complementary technologies like microscopy.

MRI is a powerful method for studying the human brain non-invasively. I am leading several projects that aim to advance the state of the art in MRI through improvements in signal sensitivity and specificity. My group is developing methods to measure aspects of tissue microstructure that are central to neuronal health and disease. We further aim to improve our understanding of MRI data in living subjects through scans of post-mortem brains in combination with light and electron microscopy in the same tissue. Finally, using ultra-high-field MRI scanners and sophisticated signal processing methods, we are developing the next generation of diffusion and functional MRI acquisition techniques, specifically aimed at measures of brain connectivity.

These methods will enable neuroscientists to study the brain with greater precision. My group is actively involved in collaborations with neuroscience colleagues in Oxford and elsewhere to study neuronal health and disease.

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Selected Publications