• KY16 9JP

    United Kingdom

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Research overview

I'm interested in the role of glia - the support cells of the nervous system - in modulating neuronal networks in the spinal cord. Astrocytes, one of the main forms of glial cells, are thought to respond to neural activity, and signal back to the neurons using a variety of gliotransmitters. Astrocytes are thought to not only be important for basic nervous system physiology, but are also crucial in diseases of the nervous system. Using live imaging methods, and chemic-genetic tools of manipulation, I am investigating the role of astrocytes in the spinal cord neuronal networks that underlie rhythmic locomotor activity. In addition I am using advanced microscopy and image analysis techniques to interrogate the structural association between astrocytes and neuronal synapses to further understand the communication points between both neurons and glia. 

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

Doctor of Philosophy, Nanostructural Organisation of PSD-95 at the Synapse, Edinburgh University

Award Date: 1 Dec 2015

Bachelor of Science, Neuroscience, UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER

Award Date: 1 Jun 2012


  • RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
  • Imaging
  • Astrocytes
  • Synapses


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