Maheen Faisal Siddiqui

PhD Student


Professor Mark Johson

Professor Clare Elwell

Dr. Sarah Lloyd-Fox

Research Interests

I am part of the BBSRC London Interdisciplinary Biosciences PhD Consortium and investigating the role of cytochrome in autism spectrum disorders.

My research project combines the use of the novel functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS) imaging technique along with genetics to explore the role of cytochrome in neural responses to various social stimuli in the developing human brain and how it may be mediated genetically. With this multidisciplinary project at the interface of medical physics, human infant neuroscience and genetics, I am primarily based at Birkbeck Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, under the supervision of Professor Mark Johnson and Dr Sarah Lloyd-Fox along with Professor Clare Elwell from UCL Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering and Dr Emma Meaburn from the Birkbeck Behavioural Genomics Group.


PhD Psychology 

Birkbeck (Jointly with UCL Medical Physics and Bioengineering)

2014 - 2018

MSc Applied Mathematics 

Imperial College London (Merit)

2012 – 2013

BSc Mathematics 

Kings College London (1st class honors)

2009 – 2012


Siddiqui MF, Elwell C, Johnson MH (In press) (2016) Mitochondrial Dysfunction in Autism Spectrum Disorders. Autism Open Access 6: 190. doi: 10.4172/2165-7890.1000190

Conference Presentations

Siddiqui MF, Lloyd-Fox S, Johnson MH, Elwell C, Measuring cytochrome-c-oxidase during functional activation in infants (October 2016). Poster presented at fNIRS 2016 conference, Paris, France.

Scholarships and awards

BBSRC London Interdisciplinary Biosciences PhD Consortium (2014 – 2018)

BBSRC Travel Award (October 2016)

Outreach activity

STEMNET Ambassador