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Neuroscience in Biomedical Science extends from development of the nervous system and neuronal cell biology, through to sensory neurophysiology and computational modelling.

We have internationally recognised strengths in sensory neuroscience of visual, auditory and olfactory systems. We also have a growing interest in understanding the sensing and alleviation of chronic pain and in developing effective model systems for gaining insight into complex behavioural disorders such as stress and anxiety.

Recent publications

List of recent journal articles from members of the Neuroscience theme.


Principal investigators

StaffDr Mark Collins

Cell Signalling and Proteome Dynamics.

StaffDr Vincent Cunliffe

Development of the Zebrafish Central Nervous System.

StaffProfessor Bazbek Davletov

Biomolecular assembly, neuronal blockers, medicines for chronic pain, anti-cancer biological drugs.

StaffProfessor Andrew Furley

Role of L1CAM-like adhesion molecules in neural development.

StaffProfessor David Grundy

Neurogastroenterology: the neural control of gut function.

StaffDr Chun Guo

Protein SUMOylation and deSUMOylation in health and disease.

StaffProfessor Matthew Holley

Development of mammalian inner ear.

StaffDr Stuart Johnson

Signalling characteristics of cochlear hair cells.

StaffProfessor Mikko Juusola

Neural processing, particularly in the visual system of Drosophila. Efficient codes and circuitry, form-function relationships, attention, learning and memory.

StaffDr Andrew Lin

Sensory coding, synaptic plasticity, and learning and memory in the Drosophila olfactory system.

StaffDr Jarema Malicki

Cell polarity and ciliogenesis.

StaffProfessor Walter Marcotti

Development of mammalian cochlear hair cells.

StaffDr Mohammed Nassar

Endocytosis - Molecular mechanisms of cargo sorting along the endocytic pathway with particular emphasis on the regulation of the clathrin coated vesicle cycle by rab5 and reversible phosphorylation. Interplay between endocytic trafficking and signaling pathways.

StaffDr Anton Nikolaev

In vivo imaging of neuronal activity in zebrafish and visual information processing in the central nervous system.

StaffProfessor Marcelo Rivolta

Differentiation of auditory cells from hPSC; regenerative applications for the treatment of deafness.

StaffDr Louise Robson

Role of ion channels in epithelial health and disease.

StaffProfessor Marysia Placzek

Neural patterning and hypothalamic differentiation.

StaffDr Elizabeth Seward

Ion channels, receptors and regulation of exocytosis.

StaffProfessor Tanya Whitfield

Development of the fish inner ear.