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Research Interests

Electrophysiological studies on neurones of the entorhinal cortex (EC) and hippocampus.

The role of glutamate and GABA receptors in epilepsy in the brain; the role of homeodynamic synaptic scaling in epileptogenesis in the temporal lobe. Autoimmune epilepsies, psychosis and neuronal network dynamics; the relationaship between epilepsy and affective disorders. The role of cannabinoids in epilepsy tresatment (collabration with GW Pharma). The role of primary motor cortex in epilepsy and Parkinson’s disease (in collaboration with Dr. Stuart Greenhill)

The temporal lobe is a brain region which is especially prone to epilepsy. My research focuses on how epilepsy is established, and how dynamic changes in receptor expression and function leads to changes in neronal network behaviour that may underlie epileptic seizures. I am interested too, in how neuronal network dynamics alter in schizophrenia, and how epilepsy and schizophrenia relate to each other in terms of pathological network fnction.

Teaching Activity

PH2501: Antidysrhythmic drugs.
PH3601: Glutamate, drug abuse, epilepsy, general aAnaesthetics.
Course Director, BSc Neuroscience

NE2001: Key Skills n Neurosciences

NE1008: Practical studies in Neurosciences 1

NE2008: Practical studies in Neurosciences 2

NE2003: Systems Neuroscience

NE1009: PIlls and Poisons, toxins and their use in Neuroscience research

NE3010: Psychosis and schizophrenia

NE3008: Epilepsy and neuronal networks


  • 1998–2002 Post-doctoral researcher, University of Bristol.
  • 1995–1998 Postdoctoral fellow University of Montreal, Canada.
  • 1994–1995 Postdoctoral Fellow University of Southampton.
  • 1991–1994 PhD University of Southampton

Contact Details

Telephone: +44 (0) 121 204 3995

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, The role of metabotropic glutamate receptors at the Schaffer collateral CA3/CA1 synapse in the hippocampus of the rat, University of Southampton

Award Date: 21 Oct 1994

External positions

External Examiner, University of Southampton

1 Mar 201928 Feb 2022

External Examiner, University of Bath

1 Mar 201515 Jun 2019

EXternal Examiner

1 Mar 201315 Jun 2016


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