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Dr Hannah Critchlow

Dr Hannah Critchlow is an internationally-acclaimed neuroscientist, broadcaster, author and Fellow at Magdalene College, University of Cambridge.

She has appeared on BBC, ABC and Korean TV and Radio, most recently in the Great Minds Series, as Science Presenter in Family Brain Games with Dara Ó Briain, Tomorrow’s World Live and BBC Radio 4 Destiny and the Brain. 

Her book on Consciousness: A Ladybird Expert Guide, was published with Penguin in 2018, The Science of Fate was published with Hodder in May, 2019 and made The Sunday Times Bestseller list, receiving international press coverage and her latest book Joined up Thinking was published with Hodder in 2022 to critical acclaim. 

In 2022 she received an Honorary Doctorate from Brunel University for her work in neuroscience and communication. In 2019 Hannah was named by Nature as a ‘Rising Stars in Life Sciences’. She was recognised as a ‘Top 100 UK scientist’ by the UK Science Council in 2014 and named as one of Cambridge University’s most ‘inspirational and successful women in science’ for her work in science communication. 


PhD (2007), 'Investigating the Role of Dendritic Spine Plasticity in Schizophrenia', Department of Physiology, Development, and Neuroscience, University of Cambridge

BSc Hons (2003), First Class, Cell and Molecular Biology, Brunel University 

Career/Research Highlights

2022  Honorary Doctorate in Neuroscience and Communication from Brunel University

2022  The critically acclaimed Joined up Thinking is published with Hodder 

2019  'Rising Star in Biological Sciences' by Nature

2019  The Sunday Times Bestselling book The Science of Fate is published with Hodder. 

2017  Named as a judge for the 2018 Welcome Book Prize

2015  Named as 'Star of the Hay Literary Festival 2015'

2014  'Alumna of the Year', Brunel University

2014  'Top 100 UK Practising Scientist', Science Council

2013  'Inspirational and Successful Woman in Science', University of Cambridge

2006  Awarded Kingsley Bye-Fellowship, Magdalene College, Cambridge

2003-07  PhD funding awarded by the Medical Research Council and GlaxoSmithKline

2003  Awarded three undergraduate University Prizes: Lecturers' Prize for Top Biologist; Institute of Biology Top Biological Sciences Student; University Prize (3 awarded per year), Brunel University