Research

Molecular Nociception Group

The Molecular Nociception Group focuses on genetic approaches to understanding the biology of damage-sensing neurons (nociceptors), somatosensation, pain and touch.

Circuit Neuroscience

The Circuit Neuroscience group is interested in understanding the cellular basis of neural computation in the mammalian brain. Specifically, investigating how the integrative properties of neuronal dendrites and the anatomical and functional connectivity of neural circuits contribute to coding and processing of information in the intact brain. 

Molecular Cell Biology

The Molecular Cell Biology team are interested in understanding how cells in the brain carry out their main task, which is to communicate with one another and store information. We also aim to understand how abnormalities in communication can arise, because these are important in brain disorders such as epilepsy and chronic pain, as well as for the injury and death of brain cells that occurs acutely in conditions such as stroke, or more chronically in Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s and other diseases. 

Neural Stem Cells, Development and Repair

The Neural Stem Cell, Development and Repair group are investigating the diversity and function of neurons and glia in the central nervous system.

Drug Discovery

The Drug discovery laboratory conducts research on the edge of chemistry and biology using the latest techniques and developing new ones for the study of biological systems. We collaborate extensively with biologists in academia and industry.