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Research Interests

My research is focussed around the mechanisms of synaptic plasticity in physiological and disease states. By using a combination of electrophysiology, functional imaging and molecular biology, we can probe the receptors and cellular processes that cause neural circuits and synapses to alter their strengths and functions in response to the changing stimulus of the outside world. This natural process would appear to be subject to critical developmental periods and be disrupted in several psychiatric and neurological conditions, so further study of its function and dysfunction is crucial to our understanding of neuroscience and psychiatry.

Teaching Activity

BSc(Hons) Neuroscience:

NE1010 Cellular and Developmental Neuroscience

NE2008 Neuroscience Practicals 2

NE2009 Pills and Poisons

NE3001 Brain Disorders and Disease

NE3002 Advanced Synaptic Plasticity


Head of Admissions, School of Life and Health Sciences

BSc Neuroscience Admissions Tutor

Membership of Professional Bodies

Society for Neuroscience

British Neuroscience Association

British Pharmacology Society

Senior Fellow of the HEA

Research Projects/Collaborations

Aston Neuroscience Institute (ANI)

Aston Laboratories for Translational Epilepsy Research (ALTER)

PhD Supervision

Current PhD Students:

Max Wilson

Ellen Black

Tuaseef Khan

Nicole Marley (Associate Supervisor)

Contact Details

Email: s.greenhill@aston.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0) 121 204 3182

Education/Academic qualification

University of Bath

University of Edinburgh

External positions

Honorary Research Fellow, Cardiff University

1 Feb 2016 → …


  • QH301 Biology
  • Neuroscience
  • Electrophysiology
  • Pharmacology
  • Epilepsy
  • Schizophrenia

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Research Output

Abolishing spontaneous epileptiform activity in human brain tissue through AMPA receptor inhibition

Wright, S. K., Wilson, M. A., Walsh, R., Lo, W. B., Mundil, N., Agrawal, S., Philip, S., Seri, S., Greenhill, S. D. & Woodhall, G. L., 1 Jun 2020, In : Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology. 7, 6, p. 883-890 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • Barrel Cortex as a Model System for Understanding the Molecular, Structural, and Functional Basis of Cortical Plasticity

    Fox, K., Greenhill, S. & de Haan, A., 29 Aug 2019, Handbook of Behavioral Neuroscience. Elsevier, Vol. 28. p. 189-212 24 p. (Handbook of Behavioral Neuroscience; vol. 28).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Phase-amplitude coupled persistent theta and gamma oscillations in rat primary motor cortex in vitro

    Johnson, N. W., Özkan, M., Burgess, A. P., Prokic, E. J., Wafford, K. A., O'Neill, M. J., Greenhill, S. D., Stanford, I. M. & Woodhall, G. L., Jun 2017, In : Neuropharmacology. 119, p. 141–156 16 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Time-course and mechanisms of homeostatic plasticity in layers 2/3 and 5 of the barrel cortex

    Glazewski, S., Greenhill, S. & Fox, K., 16 Jan 2017, In : Pilosophical Transactions B. 372, 1715, 11 p., 20160150.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • CCR5 is a suppressor for cortical plasticity and hippocampal learning and memory

    Zhou, M., Greenhill, S., Huang, S., Silva, T. K., Sano, Y., Wu, S., Cai, Y., Nagaoka, Y., Sehgal, M., Cai, D. J., Lee, Y-S., Fox, K. & Silva, A. J., 20 Dec 2016, In : eLife. 5, 30 p., e20985.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access