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Cluster people

Mark Wall

Professor (Cluster Lead)

I am an electrophysiologist interested in neural circuits in health and disease.

Amol Bhandare

Assistant Professor (Cluster Lead)

ERUK Emerging Leader Fellow

Neuroimmunologist studying neuron-glia interactions in health and disease, especially epilepsy.

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Johannes Boltze


A physician and neurobiologist focusing on stroke and vascular dementia with a focus on translational work.

Dr Rob Huckstepp

Alex Cameron


Dr Rob Huckstepp

Nick Dale


Linking intercellular signalling, protein structure and the control of neural function; developing novel sensors to measure neurochemical signalling.

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Ian Edwards

Associate Professor (Teaching Focused)

I am interested in how the central nervous system helps to coordinate the function of the cardiovascular system. An imbalance in the activity of the sympathetic and parasympathetic limbs of the autonomic nervous system plays an important role in the development and maintenance of many cardiovascular disease states.

I have an interest in the application of neuromodulation techniques to enhance or diminish activity in either the parasympathetic or sympathetic limbs of the autonomic nervous system can be used to try to restore this imbalance.

I am also interested in the use of heart rate variability analysis and have been involved with projects that have utilised this tool to investigate the role of the autonomic nervous system in exercise and also in patients with post-COVID syndrome.

Marie Holt

Assistant Professor

British Heart Foundation Fellow

Rob Huckstepp

Associate Professor

A neuroscientist focussing on respiratory and cardiovascular control, and how cardiorespiratory disorders intersect with neurodegenerative disease.

Georgy Koentges


Emily Lane-Hill

Race Against Dementia Fellow

An electrophysiologist researching mechanisms underlying tau pathology in neurodegenerative diseases.

Ioannis Nezis


Yuriy Pankratov

Associate Professor

Andre Pires da Silva

Associate Professor (Reader)

Phil Stansfeld

Professor (School of Life Sciences/ Department of Chemistry)

I am a computational biochemist, using molecular modelling and dynamics techniques to study membrane protein complexes involved in disease. My group uses state-of-the-art high performance computing to study protein structure, drug interactions and lipid membrane dynamics.

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Phil Young


Xuming Zhang

Associate Professor

A molecular and cellular neuroscientist interested in somatosensory biology and the mechanisms of pain.

Research staff

Dr Mujahid Alizada Dr Deborah Brotherton Dr Mariana Bunoro-Batista Dr Youchao Chen
Dr Adam Campbell-Galland Dr Adite Kibe Dr Sarbjit Nijjar Dr Julien Pellitier
Dr Xintao Zhang