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Our talented scientists at the Neuroscience Institute are united under one goal – to unlock the mysteries of the nervous system and halt, prevent or reverse neurological conditions that can have debilitating effects on patients and their families. Get in touch to collaborate with us or find out more.
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Director

Professor Dame Pamela Shaw

Professor Dame Pamela Shaw

Professor of Neurology

Neurodegeneration, motor neurone disease, improvement of patient care, gene therapy, drug development, screening methodology, clinical trials, genetics of motor neurone disease

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Research theme leads

Mimoun Azzouz

Professor Mimoun Azzouz

Professor of Translational Neuroscience

Gene therapy, viral-based gene transfer systems, therapeutic strategies, neurodegenerative diseases

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Walter Marcotti

Professor Walter Marcotti

Professor of Sensory Neuroscience
Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator

Development and function of mammalian cochlear hair cells

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Professor Eleni Vasilaki

Professor Eleni Vasilaki

Professor of Computational Neuroscience and Neural Engineering

Computational neuroscience, neural engineering, synaptic plasticity, unsupervised and reinforcement learning

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Translational neuroscience

James Alix

Dr James Alix

Senior Clinical Lecturer in Neurophysiology

Diagnosis, disease monitoring, electrophysiological techniques, perinatal brain injury

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Scott Allen

Dr Scott Allen

Motor Neurone Disease Association
Senior Fellow

Energy generation pathways of the CNS (central nervous system), metabolic pathway, metabolic response to cellular stress, metabolic response to ageing

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Professor Oliver Bandmann

Professor of Movement Disorders Neurology

Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, Wilson disease, dystonia, mitochondrial dysfunction, mitochondrial biomarkers

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Dr Ivana Barbaric

Senior Lecturer in Stem Cell Biology

Mitochondrial-based diseases and disease modeling using human pluripotent stem cells, regenerative medicine approaches to degenerative diseases

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Daniel Blackburn

Dr Daniel Blackburn

Senior Lecturer in Neurology

Post-stroke dementia, diagnostic tests, electroencephalography (EEG), conversation analysis

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Dr Mark Collins

Senior Lecturer in Biological Mass Spectrometry

Neurodegeneration, motor neurone disease, neuroproteomics, clinical proteomics, mass spectrometry

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John Cooper-Knock

Dr Jonathan Cooper-Knock

NIHR Clinical Lecturer in Neurology

Genetic variants of motor neurone disease, C9ORF72 gene, gene expression profiling, hybridisation technique

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Kurt De Vos

Dr Kurt De Vos

Reader in Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience

Mechanisms of neuronal cell death, axonal transport, mitochondria and ER/mitochondria contacts, and protein homeostasis/autophagy

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Mark Dickman

Professor Mark Dickman

Professor of Biological Mass Spectrometry

Mechanisms of gene expression, biomanufacturing and characterisation of therapeutics, proteomics, bioanalytics, post-translational modifications, mass spectrometry

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Laura Ferraiudo

Dr Laura Ferraiuolo

Reader in Translational Neuroscience

Glia, gene therapy, interaction between astrocytes and oligodendrocytes

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Claire Garwood

Dr Claire Garwood

Alzheimer’s Society Research Fellow

Astrocytes, Alzheimer’s disease

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Andrew Grierson

Dr Andrew Grierson

Senior Lecturer in Neuroscience

Regulation of axonal transport, vertebrate models of neurodegeneration

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Guillaume Hautbergue

Dr Guillaume Hautbergue

Senior Lecturer in Translational Neuroscience

RNA dysregulation, pathophysiology, neuroprotective therapies

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Win Hide

Professor Win Hide

Professor of Computational Biology and Bioinformatics

Molecular factors of disease, omic signatures, disease models, functional stratification of populations.

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Robin Highley

Dr Robin Highley

Senior Clinical Lecturer in Neuropathology

Neuropathology and pathophysiology of neurodegeneration

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Esther Hobson

Dr Esther Hobson

NIHR Lecturer in Neurology

Clinical care, telehealth, symptomatic excess saliva, patient experience

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Tom Jenkins

Dr Tom Jenkins

Senior Clinical Lecturer in Neurology

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), whole-body muscle MRI, MRI as a biomarker, energy deficiencies in motor neurone disease

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Professor Sherif el Khamisy

Professor of Molecular Medicine

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Janine Kirby

Dr Janine Kirby

Reader in Neurogenetics

Genetics of motor neurone disease, gene expression profiling, pathogenic mechanisms of neurodegeneration

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Arshad Majid

Professor Arshad Majid

Professor of Cerebrovascular Neurology

Translational cerebrovascular disease, ischaemic preconditioning, large animal (ovine) models of stroke, clinical outcomes research, clinical trials, stroke epidemiology, translational bioengineering

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Matteo de Marco

Dr Matteo De Marco

Lecturer in Neuroscience of Dementia

Neuroimaging, cognitive functioning, Alzheimer's disease, normal ageing, cognitive stimulation, effect of genetic polymorphisms on neural structure and function, machine-learning diagnostic classification

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Christopher McDermott

Professor Christopher McDermott

Professor of Translational Neurology

Improvement of patient care, mechanisms of neurodegeneration, motor neurone disease, hereditary spastic paraplegia

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Alisdair McNeill

Dr Alisdair McNeill

Senior Lecturer in Clinical Genetics (INSIGNEO)

Genetic cause of neurological disorders, phenotyping, clinical genetics testing

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Richard Mead

Dr Richard Mead

Senior Lecturer in Translational Neuroscience

Upstream events in motor neurone disease, protein misfolding, pathogenic processes of neuronal death

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Heather Mortiboys

Dr Heather Mortiboys

Senior Lecturer in Neuroscience

Mitochondrial function, DNA, morphology, recycling, Parkinson’s Disease

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Ke Ning

Dr Ke Ning

Senior Lecturer in Translational Neuroscience

Viral vector-mediated gene therapy, stem cell strategies, PTEN/PI3 Kinase pathway, in vitro and in vivo neuronal survival

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Tenore Ramesh

Dr Tenore Ramesh

Lecturer in Neuroscience

Upstream events in motor neurone disease, protein misfolding, pathogenic processes of neuronal death

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Dr Jessica Redgrave

Consultant in Stroke Neurology

Carotid plaque instability, red blood cell membrane cholesterol, delays in seeking medical assistance for strokes and TIA

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Markus Reuber

Professor Markus Reuber

Professor of Clinical Neurology

Non-epileptic attack disorder (NEAD), psychosocial and neuropsychological aspects of epilepsy, doctor-patient communication

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Dr Dinesh Selvarajah

Senior Clinical Lecturer in Diabetes

Advanced magnetic resonance neuroimaging in diabetic neuropathy. Central and peripheral biomarkers for peripheral neuropathy. Phase 2B and 3 clinical trials

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Julie Simpson

Dr Julie Simpson

Lecturer in Translational Neuropathology

Neuroinflammation, age-associated white matter pathology, immunohistological characterisation, gene expression profiling

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Dr Rosie Staniforth

Lecturer in Biochemistry

Molecular mechanism of amyloid formation, therapeutic intervention in Alzheimer's disease, Protein body formation in ALS, protein biochemistry, spectroscopy, structural biology

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Anestis Tsakiridis

Dr Anestis Tsakiridis

Fellow in Stem Cell Biology

Spinal cord/peripheral nervous system development, in vitro differentiation of human pluripotent stem cells, disease modelling, cell replacement

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Dr Alison Twelvetrees

Fellow in Neurobiology

Microtubule transport machinary, neuronal trafficking, mechanisms of neurodegeneration.

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Professor Annalena Venneri

Professor of Clinical Neuropsychology

Translational neuropsychology, diagnosis of dementia, neuroimaging techniques, psychotic symptoms of neurodegenerative disease

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Dennis Wang

Dr Dennis Wang

Lecturer in Bioinformatics and Genomic Medicine

Genomic diagnostics, pharmaco-genomics, patient stratification strategies, multi-omics integration, machine learning prediction of drug combinations, probabilistic modeling of treatment response

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Professor Stephen Wharton

Professor of Neuropathology

Pathology of brain ageing, pathology of neurodegenerative disease, dementia, astrocytes, neurones and endothelium in the neurovascular unit, white matter pathology

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Professor Stuart Wilson

Professor of Genetics

Fundamental mechanisms of human gene expression and their misregulation in disease.

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Jon Wood

Dr Jonathan Wood

Lecturer in Neuroscience

Neuroinflammation, age-associated white matter pathology, immunohistological characterisation, gene expression profiling

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Computational and systems neuroscience

Dr Asha Akram

Lecturer in Psychology

Neurodegenerative disorders, cell death following ischaemic stroke, targets for pharmacological treatment, rehabilitation therapy, clinical translation

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Dr Mauricio Alvarez

Dr Mauricio Alvarez

Lecturer in Machine Learning

Machine learning, stochastic processes, Bayesian inference

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Dr Paul Armitage

Lecturer in MRI Physics

Post-processing methods for MRI data, diffusion tensor imaging, dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI, arterial spin labelling, image registration, MR signal modelling

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Claudia von Bastian

Dr Claudia von Bastian

Lecturer in Psychology

Executive functions, memory & learning, cognitive ageing, cognitive plasticity

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Jason Berwick

Dr Jason Berwick

Reader in Neurophysiology

Neurovascular coupling, imaging, electrophysiology

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Fabio Ciravegna

Professor Fabio Ciravegna

Professor of Knowledge Technologies

Large-scale data collection and analysis from multiple devices

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Professor Daniel Coca

Professor of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering

Mathematical theory of neural computation, visual information processing in Drosophila, optical brain imaging, large-scale simulation of neuronal systems

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Dr Enrico Dall’Ara

Senior Lecturer in Multiscale Musculoskeletal Imaging

Computational models for improving the diagnosis and treatments for neuro-musculoskeletal diseases (preclinical and clinical)

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Paul Dean

Professor Paul Dean

Cerebella algorithm, cerebellar microcircuit, basal ganglia

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Tom Farrow

Dr Tom Farrow

Senior Lecturer in Neuroimaging

Structural (voxel-based morphometry) and functional MR brain imaging, electrophysiological recording (skin conductance response), neuromodulation (transcranial direct current stimulation), psychiatric disorders, neurologic disorders

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Megan Freeth

Dr Megan Freeth

Social cue information, neural basis of autistic behaviours

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Professor Paul Griffiths

Professor of Radiology

Paediatric neuroimaging, in utero MRI scanning, clinical practice

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Dr Lingzhong Guo

Lecturer in Automatic Control and Systems Engineering

Computationally efficient modelling and simulation including proxy measurement, surrogate modelling, and reduced order modelling

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Kevin Gurney

Professor Kevin Gurney

Computational modelling of basal ganglia, decision making, cognitive robotics

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Professor Nigel Hoggard

Professor of Neuroradiology

Diagnostic applications of MRI, neuroscience, head and neck imaging

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Clare Howarth

Dr Clare Howarth

Vice-Chancellor's Advanced Fellow

Blood supply to the brain, astrocytes, neuroimaging

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Myles Jones

Dr Myles Jones

Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Non-invasive functional neuroimaging techniques, cerebral hemodynamics, imaging data, stimulus-evoked neural activity, “resting-state” neuroimaging data

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Damian Lacroix

Professor Damien Lacroix

Professor of Mechanobiology

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Liat Levita

Dr Liat Levita

Developmental neuroscience, fMRI, sMRI, EEG, emotion, cognition, threat and reward processing, adolescence

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Dr Haiping Lu

Lecturer in Machine Learning

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James Marshall

Professor James Marshall

Professor of Theoretical and Computational Biology

Computational neuroscience, behaviour, decision-making, robotics

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Chris Martin

Dr Chris Martin

Senior Lecturer in Neuroscience and Psychobiology

Functional brain imaging signals, neurovascular coupling, science communication, public understanding

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Professor Claudia Mazzà

Professor of Biomechanics

Biomechanics of human movement; musculoskeletal modelling; wearable sensors; activity monitoring; image-based modelling

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Liz Milne

Professor Liz Milne

Autism spectrum disorders, perception, EEG technique

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Paul Overton

Professor Paul Overton

Basal ganglia, dopaminergic neurons, neuroadaptations through drug abuse

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Professor Tony Prescott

Professor of Cognitive Robotics

Computational cognitive neuroscience, bio-inspired robotics, biomimetic and biohybrid systems

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Professor Peter Redgrave

Basal ganglia, computational processes, superior colliculus

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Dr Hannes Saal

Computational neuroscience, touch and tactile processing, neural coding, robotics, human psychophysics

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Dr Robert Schmidt

Lecturer in Cognitive Science and Computational Modelling

Basal ganglia, dopamine, computational neuroscience, action control

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Dr Tom Stafford

Senior Lecturer in Psychology and Cognitive Science

Learning, decision making, movement system

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Dr Thomas Webb

Self-regulation, behaviour change, goal achievement, motivation

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Dr Hua-Liang Wei

Senior Lecturer

Neurophysiology, neuro-imaging data modelling and analysis, EEG, fMRI and ECG data, classification, pattern recognition, anomaly detection

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Iain Wilkinson

Professor Iain Wilkinson

Professor of Magnetic Resonance Physics

In-vivo MR imaging and spectroscopy, clinical translation

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Dr Stuart Wilson

Lecturer in Cognitive Neuroscience

Development of brain function, representation of physical space, self-organisation, synthetic littermate project, virtual body schema project

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Sensory and developmental neuroscience

David Andrew

Dr David Andrew

Senior Clinical Lecturer

Neural mechanisms underlying chronic pain

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Dr Simon Atkins

Senior Clinical Lecturer

Neuropathic pain, regeneration following nerve injury and repair

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Fiona

Professor Fiona Boissonade

Professor of Neuroscience

Chronic pain, mechanisms of altered neuronal excitability, nerve regeneration

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Dr Ashley Cadby

Senoir Lecturer in Biological Physics

Development of optical microscopy to target specific biological problems

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Dr Frederik Claeyssens

Reader in Biomaterials

Biomaterials and in vitro organ models and nerve regeneration

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Bazbek Davletov

Professor Bazbek Davletov

Professor of Biomedical Science

Biomolecular assembly, neuronal blockers, novel medicines for chronic pain

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Professor Andrew Furley

Professor of Developmental Neuroscience

Development of sensory & pain circuits, control of neural progenitor and stem cell function

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John Haycock

Professor John Haycock

Professor of Bioengineering

Biomaterials and bioengineering, 3D imaging and models for nerve repair

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Matthew Holley

Professor Matthew Holley

Emeritus Professor

Development and function of the mammalian inner ear

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Daniel Lambert

Dr Dan Lambert

Professor of Bioengineering

Neuronal-tumour interactions, molecular basis of pain, extracellular vesicles, non-coding RNA

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Professor Alison Loescher

Professor of Oral Surgery

Facial pain

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Dr Stuart Johnson

Royal Society University Research Fellow

Signalling characteristics of cochlear hair cells

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Professor Mikko Juusola

Professor of Systems Neuroscience

Phototransduction, retinal and central processing of visual information

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Andrew Lin

Dr Andrew Lin

Vice-Chancellor's Fellow

Olfaction, learning and memory, activity-dependent plasticity

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Marta Milo

Dr Marta Milo

Lecturer in Computational Biology

Computational biology applied to the inner ear

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Mirna Mustapha

Dr Mirna Mustapha

Noise and age-related hearing impairment

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Dr Mohammed Nassar

Lecturer

Role of sodium channels in pain, new DRG cell lines for drug discovery and screening

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Anton Nikolaev

Dr Anton Nikolaev

Lecturer in Neuroscience

Visual information processing in the central nervous system

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Marysia Placzek

Professor Marysia Placzek

Professor in Developmental Neurobiology

Development of the hypothalamus; homeostasis in health and disease

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Marcelo Rivolta

Professor Marcelo Rivolta

Professor of Sensory Stem Cell Biology

Auditory stem cells, inner ear repair

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Liz Seward

Dr Liz Seward

Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Science

Neurotransmission and chronic pain; regulation of exocytosis by receptors, ion channels, SNARE regulatory proteins and adhesion molecules

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Tanya Whitfield

Professor Tanya Whitfield

Professor of Developmental Biology

Development of vertebrate sensory systems

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