Professor Jan Schnupp

DPhil Neurophysiology (Oxon), BA Mathematical Sciences (Open), BSc Genetics (UCL)

Professor, Department of Neuroscience

Office: 2-101, 1/F, Block 2, To Yuen Building
Phone: +852 3442-9186
Fax: +852 3442-0549
Web: Lab Webpage, CityU Scholars
Prof. Jan Schnupp

Jan Schnupp graduated from University College London with a Bachelor in Genetics in 1990 and obtained a doctorate in Neurophysiology from the University of Oxford in 1996 and a bachelor in mathematical sciences from the Open University in 2006. He was a junior research fellow at Christ Church, Oxford and a visiting research fellow at the University of Wisconsin at Madison before joining the faculty of the University of Oxford in 2002, where he was promoted to Professor in 2010. In 2016, Jan joined the faculty of City University of Hong Kong.

Research Interests

Jan is interested in how sensory processing interpret auditory inputs to the brain are transformed to underpin subjective perceptual qualities of sound such as pitch, timbre and sound source location, and how the brain learns to adapt to the statistical structure of the sounds in our environment to form efficient neural representations of sound and to support auditory scene analysis.

Since arriving at CityU, his work has mostly evolved along two major strands:

  1. Binaural Hearing in Animal Models for Cochlear Implantation. The objective of this work is to pursue research in rats to improve the design of prosthetic devices for deaf humans. For a recent, relevant research article describing this work, click here.
  2. Neural mechanisms for predictive coding. This is basic, curosity driven research in which we try to understand better how the brain processes musical rhythms, learns or discovers temporal patterns, or establishes working memory for recent sounds.
For a regularly updated list of externally funded research projects pursued in Jan's laboratory, click here.

Position Availability

We are looking for Research Assistants and Postgraduate Students to join our newly established research team. Interested candidates please send your CV and a summary of past research experience to: or


Jan is co-author of the leading textbook "Auditory Neuroscience" published at MIT press, and has published over 90 peer reviewed articles in international journals.

For up-to-date lists of his publications in chronological order on PubMed click here. For a list by citations and bibliographic information on Google Scholar click here, or check out the "outputs page" on Jan's lab website.