Maheen Faisal Siddiqui

Postdoctoral Researcher


Professor Mark Johson

Professor Clare Elwell

Dr Emily Jones

Dr Sarah Lloyd-Fox

Take part in my study - NEST! 

The NIRS and EEG Study of cyTochrome (NEST) is looking for babies aged between 0-12-months who have an elder sibling or parent with diagnosed autism. If you are interested in taking part or know someone who might be, get in touch! Email: or call: 02070790896. 

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 EEG to explore the role of cytochrome in neural responses to various social stimuli in the developing human brain. With this multidisciplinary project at the interface of medical physics and human infant neuroscience, I am primarily based at Birkbeck Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, under the supervision of Professor Mark Johnson, Dr Emily Jones and Dr Sarah Lloyd-Fox along with Professor Clare Elwell from UCL Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering.


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 honours)

2009 – 2012


Siddiqui MF, Lloyd-Fox S, Kaynezhad P, Tachtsidis I, Johnson MH, Elwell CE. Non-invasive measurement of a metabolic marker of infant brain function. Nature Scientific Reports 7, Article number: 1330 (2017). doi:10.1038/s41598-017-01394-z

Siddiqui MF, Wedemann R, Jensen H (under review) (2017) Avalanches and Generalized Memory Associativity in a Network Model for Conscious and Unconscious Mental Functioning. Physica A

Siddiqui MF, Elwell C, Johnson MH (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, Kaynezhad P, Tachtsidis I,  Johnson MH, Elwell C, Measuring cytochrome-c-oxidase during functional activation in infants (December 2016). Poster presented at mitOX 2016 conference, Oxford, United Kingdom.

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)

BBSRC LIDo Award for Best Flash Talk (September 2016)

Courses attended

Introduction to Matlab, UCL, London, United Kingdom (2014)

Introduction to R, UCL, London, United Kingdom (2014)

UCL-Birkbeck fNIRS Training Course, Birkbeck, London, United Kingdom (2015)

UCL Medical Physics Optical Imaging Module, UCL, London, United Kingdom (2015) 

Machine Learning, Stanford University (Online) (2017)

Outreach activity

STEMNET Ambassador

I'm A Scientist, Get Me Out of Here! Competition Runner Up (June 2016)