• School of Life & Health Sciences, Aston University, Aston Triangle

      B4 7ET Birmingham

      United Kingdom

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    I am a developmental neurobiologist using zebrafish models to understand how stress modulates brain development and behaviour in the context of health and disease. My research aims to address some long-standing open questions in the field through approaches including comprehensive analysis of stress-induced molecular and behavioural alterations; analysis of the development trajectory of stress-induced changes across the life span; linking molecular mechanisms with behaviour; and screening of potential therapeutics for stress-related disorders. My research uses techniques including brain imaging, behavioural analysis, sequencing, stress hormone analysis.

    Current research topics include:

    • Identification of molecular mechanisms underlying brain plasticity following early life stress
    • Investigation of early life stress-induced senescence and accelerated brain aging
    • Mechanisms underlying neuronal development and stress susceptibility in zebrafish models of humans psychiatric disease


    • Post-doctoral Research Fellow, University of Exeter, UK, 2020-2023
    • Post-doctoral Researcher, University of Mainz, Germany, 2019-2020
    • Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Sheffield, UK, 2015-2017

    Teaching Activity

    BSc Neuroscience:

    • NE1517 Introduction to Neuroscience

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    Education/Academic qualification

    PhD, The role of disc1 in the stress response in zebrafish, University of Sheffield

    Oct 2012Oct 2015


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