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Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics


  • 1997-2000 Wellcome Trust Fellow in Mathematical Biology, Edinburgh
  • 2000-2001 Lecturer, School of Informatics, Edinburgh
  • 2001-2004 Wellcome Trust Travelling Fellowship, St Louis and Edinburgh
  • 2004-2006 Lecturer, DAMTP
  • 2006-2015 Senior Lecturer, DAMTP
  • 2015- Reader. DAMTP


Stephen Eglen is a computational neuroscientist: he uses computational methods to study the development of the nervous system, using mostly the retina and other parts of the visual pathway as a model system. He is particularly interested in questions of structural and functional development:

Structural development: how do retinal neurons acquire their positional information within a circuit?

Functional development: what are the mechanisms by which neurons make contact with each other, to perform functioning circuits?

Selected Publications

Please see my publications page


Characterization of Early Cortical Neural Network Development in Multiwell Microelectrode Array Plates.
E Cotterill, D Hall, K Wallace, WR Mundy, SJ Eglen, TJ Shafer
– Journal of biomolecular screening
Towards standard practices for sharing computer code and programs in neuroscience
S Eglen, B Marwick, Y Halchenko, M Hanke, S Sufi, P Gleeson, A Silver, A Davison, L Lanyon, M Abrams, T Wachtler, D Willshaw, C Pouzat, J-B Poline
Geniculo-Cortical Projection Diversity Revealed within the Mouse Visual Thalamus.
MN Leiwe, AC Hendry, AD Bard, SJ Eglen, AS Lowe, ID Thompson
– PLoS One
Requirements for storing electrophysiology data.
FT Sommer, T Wachtler, JL Teeters, J Benda, AP Davison, SJ Eglen, RC Gerkin, JS Grethe, J Grewe, KD Harris, CJ Kellner, YL Franc, R Moucek, D Prodanov, R Pröpper, HL Sessions, L Smith, A Sobolev, A Stoewer, B Wark
– CoRR
Homeostatic activity-dependent tuning of recurrent networks for robust propagation of activity
J Gjorgjieva, JF Evers, S Eglen
Estimating the location and size of retinal injections from orthogonal images of an intact retina
JJJ Hjorth, E Savier, DC Sterratt, M Reber, SJ Eglen
– BMC neuroscience
Editorial: Quantitative analysis of neuroanatomy
JML Budd, H Cuntz, SJ Eglen, P Krieger
– Front Neuroanat
Canalization of genetic and pharmacological perturbations in developing primary neuronal activity patterns.
P Charlesworth, A Morton, SJ Eglen, NH Komiyama, SGN Grant
– Neuropharmacology
Quantitative differences in developmental profiles of spontaneous activity in cortical and hippocampal cultures
P Charlesworth, E Cotterill, A Morton, SGN Grant, SJ Eglen
– Neural Development
Retinotopic Development, Models of.
SJ Eglen
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Research Group

Computational Biology