Professor Nobre completed her university education in the United States. She obtained her PhD (1993) and carried out postdoctoral research at Yale University, then became instructor at Harvard Medical School. She moved to Oxford in 1994. Prior to her current position, Kia was a university lecturer (Reader 2002-2006, Professor 2006-2014) at the Department of Experimental Psychology at Oxford, and was Tutorial Fellow at New College, Oxford.
Professor Nobre is a cognitive neuroscientist interested in understanding the principles of the neural systems that support cognitive functions in the human brain. Her current research looks at how neural activity linked to perception and cognition is modulated according to memories, task goals and expectations.
Professor Nobre is the first to hold the chair in Translational Cognitive Neuroscience at Oxford, held jointly between the Departments of Psychiatry and of Experimental Psychology. She is a Professorial Fellow at St Catherine's College. She is Adjunct Professor at Northwestern University in Chicago, USA. Kia directs the Oxford Centre for Human Brain Activity (OHBA) and heads the Brain & Cognition Lab.
Professor Nobre is a fellow of the British Academy and a member of the Academia Europe. She is Advisor to the James S. McDonnell Foundation Program (JSMF) in Understanding Human Cognition.