Dr Marcus T. Wilson

Marcus Wilson

Senior Lecturer

Qualifications: BA(Hons) Cambridge, PhD Bristol, PGCert(Tertiary Teaching) Waikato, MInstP CPhys, MNZIP

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About Marcus

I am a theoretical and experimental physicist working in the School of Science in the Faculty of Science and Engineering. I teach in the Applied Physics Minor and Science Communication.

My research is focused on biophysics, in particular the electrical interactions of the brain. I have developed numerical models of the interactions between populations of neurons and how they are affected by applied electromagnetic fields, such as in Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation.   I welcome applications from excellent PhD students who are capable in theoretical and/or experimental physics or numerical modelling who would like to explore this exciting area - no knowledge of biology required!

Papers Taught

Research Interests

Current research interests include measurement and modelling of the electrical behaviour of the brain, with a particular interest in neural field models and transcranial magnetic stimulation, numerical modelling more generally, and the practice of teaching physics and engineering

Recent Publications

  • Khokhar, F. A., Voss, L. J., Steyn-Ross, D. A., & Wilson, M. T. (2020). Design and demonstration in vitro of mouse-specific Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation coil. bioRxiv. doi:10.1101/2020.01.09.900993

  • Wilson, M., Bahar, M., & Nigel, R. (2019). Modelling motor-evoked potentials from neural field simulations of transcranial magnetic stimulation. In Proceedings of New Zealand Institute of Physics Conference 2019. Christchurch.

  • Malluwawadu, S., Steyn-Ross, D., Steyn-Ross, M., & Wilson, M. (2019). Investigating action potential initiation and death in human cortex using a novel modelling approach. In New Zealand Institute of Physics Conference 2019. Christchurch.

  • Wilson, M., Streeter, L., Seshadri, S., & Scott, J. (2018). Teaching physics concepts without (much) mathematics: View through a concept-index, threshold concept lens. In Proceedings of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education Conference 2018. Conference held at University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand. Retrieved from Open Access version:

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Electronics; Medical Physics; Physics; Science; Teaching and Learning; Tertiary Education


Contact Details

Room: EF.3.04
Phone: +64 7 838 4834