Liam Drew

Liam Drew

Tel: 020 7679 6722

Liam Drew is a physiologist interested in the dynamics of the neural systems that mediate pain sensing.  

One aspect of his research is concerned with the diversity of ion channels expressed by primary sensory neurons. 

He is also keen to dissect the functional relevance of having multiple ascending pathways by which somatosensory information is conveyed to the brain. 

Academic Career

  • 2013-present Senior Research Associate, WIBR, UCL
  • 2010-2013 Research Scientist with René Hen, Dept of Psychiatry, Columbia   University, New York
  • 2006-2010 Post-Doctoral Scientist with Amy MacDermott and Joseph Gogos, Dept of Physiology, Columbia University, New York
  • 1999-2005 PhD student and post-doctoral fellow with John Wood, Dept of Biology, UCL.
  • 1995-1999 BSc(Hons) Neuroscience, University of Norringham


Drew LJ, Fusi S, Hen R (2013) Adult neurogenesis in the mammalian hippocampus: why the dentate gyrus? Learn Mem 20: 710-29.

Kheirbek MA, Drew LJ, Burghardt NS, Costantini DO, Tannenholz L, Ahmari SE, Zeng H, Fenton AA, Hen R (2013) Differential control of learning and anxiety along the dorsoventral axis of the dentate gyrus. Neuron 77: 955-68.

Karpova NN, Pickenhagen A, Lindholm J, Tiraboschi E, Kulesskaya N, Agústsdóttir A, Antila H, Popova D, Akamine Y, Bahi A, Sullivan R, Hen R, Drew LJ, Castrén E (2011) Fear erasure in mice requires synergy between antidepressant drugs and extinction training. Science 334: 1731-4.

Kvajo M, McKellar H, Drew LJ, Lepagnol-Bestel AM, Xiao L, Levy RJ, Blazeski R, Arguello PA, Lacefield CO, Mason CA, Simonneau M, O'Donnell JM, MacDermott AB, Karayiorgou M, Gogos JA (2011) Altered axonal targeting and short-term plasticity in the hippocampus of Disc1 mutant mice. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 108: E1349-58.

Drew LJ, Stark KL, Fénelon K, Karayiorgou M, Macdermott AB, Gogos JA (2011) Evidence for altered hippocampal function in a mouse model of the human 22q11.2 microdeletion. Mol Cell Neurosci 47: 293-305.

Drew LJ, Rohrer DK, Price MP, Blaver KE, Cockayne DA, Cesare P, Wood JN (2004) Acid-sensing ion channels ASIC2 and ASIC3 do not contribute to mechanically activated currents in mammalian sensory neurones. J Physiol 556: 691-710.

Drew LJ, Wood JN, Cesare P (2002) Distinct mechanosensitive properties of capsaicin-sensitive and -insensitive sensory neurons. J Neurosci 22: RC228. 

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