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Research Interests

In recent years it has become clear that in addition to their traditional roles as “housekeepers” of the brain’s environment, astrocytes can also signal to neurones using many of the mechanisms previously thought exclusive to neuronal transmission. The release of such transmitters as glutamate and ATP can elicit and affect neuronal excitability and modulate synaptic transmission.

The focus of my research group is on the mechanisms of astrocyte-neuron signalling in the thalamus, and how such signalling is involved in thalamic function. The techniques used are combined electrophysiological recording and Calcium imaging.

Teaching Activity

PH1401 (Module coordinator): Neuronal excitability, cardiovascular physiology, endocrinology, brain anatomy, respiration and blood pressure practical classes.
PH2509: Anaemia, haemostasis, inotropy, vasodilators.

Pharmacy Programme First year Tutor

Member of the Neurophysiology  & Clinical Neuroimaging Research Group


  • 2021 - Professor in Pharmacology, Aston University
  • 2019 - Reader in Pharmacology , Aston University
  • 2009- Senior Lecturer in Pharmacology, Aston University.
  • 2004- Lecturer in Pharmacology, Aston University.
  • 1995-2004 School of Biosciences, Cardiff University.
  • 1992-1995 Department of Pharmacology, University of California at San Francisco.
  • 1988-1992 Department of Neurophysiology, Southampton University.

Contact Details

Telephone: +44 (0) 121 204 4049
Fax: +44 (0) 121 359 0733

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Studies on Chloride in the somatic muscle bag cells of the parasitic nematode Ascaris Suum, University of Southampton

1 Oct 19881 Oct 1991

Award Date: 2 Dec 1991

BSc, Physiology with Pharmacology, University of Southampton

1 Oct 198531 Jul 1988

Award Date: 14 Jul 1988


  • QP Physiology
  • glial cells
  • astrocytes
  • electrophysiology
  • calcium imaging


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