Stephen Payne MEng DPhil FRCO

Chair of Faculty and Associate Head of Department (Teaching)

Professor of Engineering Science (Biomedical Engineering)

Rolls-Royce Fellow and Tutor in Engineering Science, Keble College

  • Biography
  • Research
  • Publications
  • DPhil Opportunities


Stephen was an undergraduate (MEng 1997) and a graduate (DPhil 2001) student in the department.

Following a post-doc and a stint as a Departmental Lecturer, he was appointed to his current post in 2006. In 2018 he was promoted to Full Professor.

Stephen's research interests in cerebral blood flow and metabolism, in particular modelling this highly complex organ and understanding how flow is controlled. His research group is based at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering.

Research Interests

Stephen's research interests lie in biomedical engineering, in particular cerebral blood flow and metabolism. He is interested in modelling how blood flow and metabolism are coupled and how blood flow is controlled. This is a highly interdisciplinary field, so he works with a wide range of collaborators around the world, both modelling and experimental groups.

Stephen's current research topics involve modelling the interaction between microthrombi and the microvasculature, understanding the physiological nature of autoregulation and exploring how whole brain models of cerebral blood flow can be constructed.


Research Groups

Current Projects

INSIST - Modelling thrombectomy in stroke

Other Research Activities

Stephen is also Chair of the Cerebral Autoregulation Research Network


Payne, S.J. Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism. World Scientific, 2017.

Payne, S.J. Cerebral Autoregulation. Springer, 2016.

Chappell, M.A. and Payne, S.J. Physiology for Engineers. Springer, 2016.

DPhil Opportunities

I aim to take 2-3 DPhil students each year. Projects will be in the broad area of cerebral blood flow and metabolism.