Dr Heidi Baseler


Senior Lecturer in Imaging Sciences

Role at Hull York Medical School

Heidi is a Senior Lecturer at Hull York Medical School and the Department of Psychology, University of York.

University and Departmental roles:

  • INSPIRE Programme Lead (undergraduate research) (Hull York Medical School)
  • York Neuroimaging Centre Research Governance Committee (Psychology)
  • York Neuroimaging Centre Science Committee (Psychology)
  • Centre for Hyperpolarisation in Magnetic Resonance (CHyM)
  • Management CommitteeInvolvement@York Steering Group (Public and Patient Involvement in Research)
  • York Biomedical Research Institute member




I am a member of the Experimental Medicine and Biomedicine research group.

My current research focus is to understand the neural mechanisms specialised for processing central and peripheral vision, and how these mechanisms respond to sensory loss (visual or auditory).


Current research projects include:

  • Monitoring changes in the brain and eyes in patients with visual deficits (e.g. age-related macular degeneration, genetic visual disorders, brain trauma)
  • Developing and monitoring neuroprotection using photobiomodulation (670nm light)
  • Understanding the relationship between age-related macular degeneration and cognitive function
  • Measuring the effects of COVID-19 on memory and cognitive function
  • Investigating behavioural and brain mechanisms of global form/pattern processing
  • Determining the neural basis of superior visual performance in deaf adults



Neuroimaging: Structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS), myelin mapping

Electrophysiology: Multifocal electroencephalography (EEG), electroretinography (ERG)

Research group(s)

  • Archana Airody (Hull York Medical School, MD student)
  • Anthony Bateson (Hull York Medical School, PhD student)
  • Holly Brown (Psychology, Research associate)
  • Alexandra Levine (Psychology, PhD student)
  • Barbara Molz (Psychology, Marie Curie ITN PhD student)
  • Rachel Woodall (Psychology, Research associate)


  • University of Lille: ‘ACTIVIS: Active vision and functional reorganization in people with central or peripheral vision loss’, 2016, Co-I
  • University of York Research Priming Fund: ‘Mapping neural responses across the visual field using multifocal electrophysiology’, 2015, PI
  • Wellcome Trust ISS/C2D2 Career Establishment Grant: ‘Assessing visual cortex in candidates for retinal prosthetics’, 2015-17, PI
  • European Commission – Innovative Training Networks (ITN):  ‘NextGenVis: Training the Next Generation of European Visual Neuroscientists for the benefit of innovation in health care and high-tech industry’, 2015-19, Co-I
  • Fight for Sight: ‘Assessing the status of visual cortex in patients with macular disease’, 2014-2017, Co-I




Medicine, Year 1:

Foundations of Medicine

The Central Nervous System and Normal Neuromuscular and Musculoskeletal Function

Psychological Health

Scholarship and Special Interest Programme: Neuroscience of Vision

Medicine, Year 2:

Neurological, Neuromuscular and Musculoskeletal Disease

Medicine, Year 3:

MSc Cognitive Neuroscience (Psychology): Project Supervision



Visit Dr Heidi Baseler's profile on the York Research Database to see a full list of publications, browse activities and projects, explore connections, collaborations, related work and more.



Current collaborators:

  • Archana Airody (Ophthalmology, York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust)
  • Murat Aksoy (University of Hull)
  • Aziz Asghar (University of Hull)
  • Dan Baker (Psychology, University of York)
  • Holly Brown (University of Huddersfield)
  • Charlotte Codina (University of Sheffield)
  • Elizabeth Fear (Chemistry, University of York)
  • Richard Gale (York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust)
  • Angela Green (Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust)
  • Koen Haak (Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, Netherlands)
  • Michael Hoffmann (University of Magdeburg, Germany)
  • Glen Jeffery (Institute of Ophthalmology, University College London)
  • Aneurin Kennerley (Chemistry, University of York)
  • Netta Levin (Hadassah Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel)
  • Alexandra Levine (Brain and Mind Institute, Western University, Canada)
  • Barbara Molz, PhD (Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Netherlands)
  • Tony Morland (Psychology, University of York)
  • Abayomi Salawu (Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust)
  • Alex Wade (Psychology, University of York)
Postgraduate research supervision

Current research students:

Leah Kelly (PhD student, Psychology, University of York)

Martin Scott (PhD student, Psychology, University of York)

Erin English (PhD student, Psychology, University of York)

External roles


Editorial duties

  • Ad hoc reviewer for various publications in neuroscience and vision
Honours and awards

Vice-Chancellor's Teaching Award, University of York, 2020

Exceptional Contribution to Student Experience, Hull York Medical School, 2018

Phase I Teacher of Excellence Award Finalist, Hull York Medical School, 2018

Phase II Teacher of Excellence Award Finalist, Hull York Medical School, 2018

Phase I Teacher of Excellence Award Finalist, Hull York Medical School, 2016