Dr Marcus T. 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!

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

Teaching Commitments


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

biophysics electromagnetics

Recent Publications

  • Wilson, M. T., Tang, A. D., Iyer, K., McKee, H., Waas, J., & Rodger, J. (2018). The challenges of producing effective small coils for transcranial magnetic stimulation of mice. Biomedical Physics & Engineering Express, 4. doi:10.1088/2057-1976/aab525

  • Wilson, M. T., Fulcher, B. D., Fung, P. K., Robinson, P. A., Fornito, A., & Rogasch, N. C. (2018). Biophysical modeling of neural plasticity induced by transcranial magnetic stimulation. Clinical Neurophysiology, 129(6), 1230-1241. doi:10.1016/j.clinph.2018.03.018

  • Moffat, K., & Bond, M. (2017). New Zealand. The Journal of Commonwealth Literature, 52(4), 698-710. doi:10.1177/0021989417731418

  • Wilson, M. T., Waas, J., Tang, A. D., Iyer, K., & Rodger, J. (2017). An illustration of interdisciplinary science: Small-scale coils for transcranial magnetic stimulation. In New Zealand Institute of Physics Conference 2017. Dunedin. Open Access version:

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Contact Details

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