Prof. Jan W H Schnupp

Prof. Jan is interested in how sensory processing interpret auditory inputs to the brain are transformed to underpin subjective perceptual qualities of sound such as pitch, timbre and sound source location, and how the brain learns to adapt to the statistical structure of the sounds in our environment to form efficient neural representations of sound and to support auditory scene analysis.

Jan Schnupp graduated from University College London with a Bachelor in Genetics in 1990 and obtained a doctorate in Neurophysiology from the University of Oxford in 1996 and a bachelor in mathematical sciences from the Open University in 2006. He was a junior research fellow at Christ Church, Oxford and a visiting research fellow at the University of Wisconsin at Madison before joining the faculty of the University of Oxford in 2002, where he was promoted to Professor in 2010. In 2016, Jan joined the faculty of City University of Hong Kong.



BA Mathematical Sciences, Open University (2006)
DPhil Neurophisiology, University of Oxford (1996)
BSc in Genetics, University College London (1990)


Teaching excellence award, Medical Sciences Division, University of Oxford (2010)
Runner up in the UK national final of the FameLab Science Communication competition (2007)
Servier Young Scientist Award, 22nd European Winter Conference for Brain Research (2002)
Wellcome Prize Studentship (1993)
Sessional prize in Genetics, Department of Genetics & Biometry, University College London (1987)

Selected publications

Jan W. H. Schnupp, Thomas M. Hall, Rory F. Kokelaar and Bashir Ahmed. Plasticity of Temporal Pattern Codes for Vocalization Stimuli in Primary Auditory Cortex
Journal of Neuroscience 3 May 2006, 26 (18) 4785-4795; DOI:

Nelken, I., Chechik, G., Mrsic-Flogel, T.D. et al. Encoding Stimulus Information by Spike Numbers and Mean Response Time in Primary Auditory Cortex. J Comput Neurosci 19, 199–221 (2005).

Jennifer K. Bizley, Kerry M. M. Walker, Bernard W. Silverman, Andrew J. King and Jan W. H. Schnupp. Interdependent Encoding of Pitch, Timbre, and Spatial Location in Auditory Cortex. Journal of Neuroscience 18 February 2009, 29 (7) 2064-2075; DOI:

Schnupp, J., Mrsic-Flogel, T. & King, A. Linear processing of spatial cues in primary auditory cortex. Nature 414, 200–204 (2001).

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