Simon Brain studied Mathematics at the University of Oxford from 1996 to 2000 and was awarded his PhD in 2005 by the same institution, with a dissertation supervised by Dr K.C. Hannabuss. Brain has previously held post-doc positions in SISSA (Trieste, Italy), the University of Luxembourg and the University of Trieste. Since December 2013 he is a post-doc at the IMAPP in Nijmegen. Brain’s research is in the field of noncommutative geometry; in particular the study of gauge theories on noncommutative four-manifolds.