Institute of Healthy Ageing


Prof Nicholas Wood

Prof Nicholas Wood


Department of Molecular Neuroscience
Institute of Neurology
Queen Square


  • Professor of Clinical Neurogenetics
    Clinical and Movement Neurosciences
    UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology

Joined UCL


My chief interests are the genetic variants which contribute to nervous system function and dysfunction. Over the last few years the laboratory has contributed to the finding of a number of genes which when mutated cause Parkinson's disease and other neurological conditions. Following on from these discoveries we have built a group focused on understanding the molecular pathogenesis of PD. This involves molecular and cellular biology and live cell imaging.
One of the major challenges facing neuroscience is the genetic basis of normal and abnormal function.Over the past few years this lab and colleagues (within and outside UCL) have built a programme of research based around haplotype tagging of the human genome. Currently we are directly involved in 2 genome wide associations studies focused on two common neurological diseases (Epilepsy and PD).

Award year Qualification Institution
1995 PhD
Doctor of Philosophy
University of Cambridge
1989 MRCP
Member of the Royal College of Physicians
Clinical Medicine
Royal College of Physicians
1986 MB.ChB
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery
University of Birmingham

Nick qualified in medicine from the University of Birmingham. He went on to take a PhD in Cambridge. He was elected to the Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Science in 2004 and to senior investigator of the NIHR in 2008. He is currently Galton Professor of Genetics, a Consultant Neurologist and Vice Dean for Research Faculty of Brain Sciences.