Doctoral researcher interested in neurodevelopment, imaging and psychopathology. Currently working on the Developing Human Connectome Project (dHCP), investigating fetal and neonatal brain development in the context of maternal prenatal stress. Funded by a Medical Research Council studentship

I am passionate about improving the reproducibility and transparency of research, which is reflected in my involvement in several Open Research initiatives and projects. Currently, I am the KCL Local Network Lead for the UK Reproducibility Network, a co-founder of the Open Research Calendar, and a steering group member for the RIOT Science Club

You can find me on twitter at @AleLautarescu 


Looking for postdoc starting Oct 2021 

Interests: Early development and neurodevelopmental disorders, early deprivation and stress, maternal mental health in the perinatal period, premature birth, neuroimaging 

An ideal position would allow me to continue pursuing my interest in open and reproducible research. I am also interested in post-doc positions that are solely focused on open research, meta-research and/or replication studies. 


2017 - present      King's College London - PhD in Perinatal Imaging and Health

2014 - 2015           University of Cambridge - MPhil in Medical Sciences (Psychiatry)

2011 - 2014           University of Exeter - BSc(Hons) Psychology with German

Work experience

Sept 2018 - present         Graduate Teaching Assistant -  BSc Psychology, King's College London 


Aug 2018 -  Dec 2019      Research Assistant (part-time) - Early Development in Tuberous Sclerosis 


May 2016 - Aug 2017       Research Assistant - Individual Differences in EEG in young Adults

Sept 2015 - May 2016      Dementia Support Worker - Alzheimer's Society 

Technical skills 

Reproducible data analysis using R and RMarkdown (and SPSS if required) 

Project management, ethics applications, manuscript preparation

Data collection: lab EEG, mobile EEG, eye-tracking, MRI informed consent and participant prep

Neurodevelopmental and psychological assessments in children, adults, and older adults:

Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS-2), Diagnostic Interview for ADHD in Adults (DIVA), Mullen Scales for Early Learning,

Vineland Adaptive Behaviour Scale, MINI Psychiatric Interview, Cambridge Examination for Mental Disorders of Older People with Down Syndrome (CAMDEX-DS), Cambridge Cognition Examination in people with Down Syndrome (CAMCOG-DS), Cambridge Automated Neuropsychological Test Automated Battery (CANTAB), Severe Impairment Battery, Arizona Cognitive Test Battery, Social and Occupational Functioning Assessment Scale (SOFAS), 

Neonatal MRI data analysis and visualisation: FSL, MRTrix, DTITK, Paraview, ITKSnap 

Bash, Python , Matlab

EEG pre-processing in BrainVisionAnalyser and EEGLab

Expertise: Autism, Down syndrome,  Dementia, ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, early development