School of Life and Health Sciences
telephone: +44 (0) 121 204 3182
Molecular Biomedical Research
Aston Brain Centre
I graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a degree in Pharmacology, before going on to do my doctoral training with Prof. Roland Jones at the University of Bath, focussing on the network dynamics of the medial entorhinal cortex and the actions of anti-epileptic drugs.
After brief spells with IUPHAR and in industry, I took up a post-doc position at Cardiff University with Prof. Kevin Fox, where I studied the mechanisms and molecular substrates of synaptic plasticity in the sensory cortex using a combination of in vitro and in vivo electrophysiology, investigating plasticity deficits in a model of schizophrenia and the function of cortical output layers.
I joined the School of Life and Health Sciences as a Lecturer in Neuroscience in February 2016
My research is focussed around the mechanisms of synaptic plasticity in physiological and disease states. By using a combination of electrophysiology, functional imaging and molecular biology, we can probe the receptors and cellular processes that cause neural circuits and synapses to alter their strengths and functions in response to the changing stimulus of the outside world. This natural process would appear to be subject to critical developmental periods and be disrupted in several psychiatric and neurological conditions, so further study of its function and dysfunction is crucial to our understanding of neuroscience and psychiatry.
British Pharmacological Society - www.bps.ac.uk
Society for Neuroscience - www.sfn.org
British Neuroscience Association - www.bna.org.uk
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