Dr. Andrew King

Prof. of Neurphysiology Oxford University, dir. of Oxford Auditory Neuroscience Group

Andrew King is a Professor of Neurophysiology. He is a Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow at the University of Oxford. He heads the Auditory Neuroscience Group in the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics and is the Director of the Wellcome Trust Doctoral Training Programme in Neuroscience and a Fellow of Merton College. He studied physiology at King’s College London and obtained his PhD from the National Institute for Medical Research. At Oxford, he has been supported by fellowships from the Science and Engineering Research Council, the Lister Institute of Preventive Medicine and the Wellcome Trust. He was also a visiting scientist at the Eye Research Institute in Boston, MA. Andrew was awarded the Wellcome Prize in Physiology in 1990 and was made a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2011. His research employs an interdisciplinary approach to investigate the neural basis of auditory perception. He is particularly interested in the plasticity of auditory processing and his work has revealed a remarkable capacity for the brain to adapt at different ages and over different timescales to changes in its sensory inputs. While focussing on the fundamental question of how information about the auditory world is represented in the brain in a dynamic and adaptive fashion, his research also holds out the promise of generating advances in the treatment and rehabilitation of the hearing impaired. Andrew has co-authored (with Jan Schnupp and Israel Nelken) a book entitled Auditory Neuroscience: Making Sense of Sound and published around 180 scientific articles.