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

  • 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. 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 Open Access version:

  • 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. (2018). Using neural fields to model motor evoked potentials due to transcranial magnetic stimulation. In K. Hillman (Ed.), Proceedings of the 36th International Australasian Winter Conference on Brain Research. Conference held at Queenstown, New Zealand. Open Access version:

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Contact Details

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