Welcome to my website. My name is Markus Schirmer. I am a research fellow at the J. Philip Kistler Stroke Research Centre, which is part of the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. I graduated from King's College London with a focus on brain connectivity in the Division of Imaging Sciences and Biomedical Engineering and the Centre for the Developing Brain.

My research interests include the development of brain connectivity in the early stages using network theory. In particular the challenges that arise, when the number and location of regions in the brain is unknown or difficult to determine. The goal of my work is to provide methods which can be used to allow group comparison and to investigate measures which may serve as biomarkers to help identify children at risk for negative cognitive outcome.

Now as part of the J. Philip Kistler Stroke Research Center I am also working on stroke, genetics and MRI. In this work I will address the challenges that arise when conducting research with large-scale clinical data, where automation becomes a necessity.

Recent publication:
Chung, A.W., Schirmer, M. D., et al.
Characterising brain network topologies: a dynamic analysis approach using heat kernels,
arXiv, 2016.