UCL Division of Biosciences



Head of Research Department: Professor Stephanie Schorge
Executive Officer: Charlette Bent-Gayle


Academic Staff
Staff MemberResearch InterestsEmailTelephone
Professor Trevor G. Smart
Schild Professor of Pharmacology and Head of Department
Molecular pharmacology of GABA and glycine receptor-ion channelst.smart@ucl.ac.uk020 7679 3770
Internal: 33770
Professor Jonathan Ashmore
Bernard Katz Professor of Biophysics
Cellular mechanisms of hearingj.ashmore@ucl.ac.uk
Personal lab page
020 7679 8937
Internal: 28937
020 7679 2141
Internal: 32141
Professor David Attwell
Jodrell Professor of Physiology
Neuron-glial interactions and brain energy supplyd.attwell@ucl.ac.uk
Personal lab page
020 7679 7342
Internal: 37342
Professor Marco Beato
Professor of Neuroscience
Glycinergic inhibition in the ventral spinal cordm.beato@ucl.ac.uk020 7679 3767
Internal: 33767
Dr Isaac Bianco
Sir Henry Dale Fellow
Zebrafish circuits and behaviouri.bianco@ucl.ac.uk020 3549 5509
Internal: 65509
Professor Francesca Cacucci
Professor of Neuroscience
Hippocampal neural circuits


020 7679 6205
Internal: 46205
Professor Shamshad Cockcroft
Professor of Cell Physiology
Lipid signallings.cockcroft@ucl.ac.uk020 7679 6259
Internal: 46259
020 7679 6084
Internal: 46084
020 7679 6091
Internal: 46091
Professor Stuart Cull-Candy
Gaddum Chair of Pharmacology and Professor of Neuroscience
Calcium-permeable AMPARs and synaptic plasticitys.cull-candy@ucl.ac.uk020 7679 3766
Internal: 33766
020 7679 3689
Internal: 33689
Professor Anthony Dickenson
Professor of Neuropharmacology
Transmission and control of painanthony.dickenson@ucl.ac.uk020 7679 3742
Internal: 33742
Professor Annette Dolphin
Professor of Pharmacology
Voltage-dependent calcium channelsa.dolphin@ucl.ac.uk020 7679 3276
Internal: 33276
Professor Frances Edwards
Professor of Neurodegeneration
The hippocampus in health and diseasef.a.edwards@ucl.ac.uk020 7679 3286
Internal: 33286
Dr Lorenzo Fabrizi
MRC Career Development Fellow
Development of cortical function in humansl.fabrizi@ucl.ac.uk020 3108 1888
Internal: 51888
Professor Mark Farrant
Professor of Neuroscience
Ionotropic GABA and glutamate receptor signallingm.farrant@ucl.ac.uk020 7679 4121
Internal: 34121
Professor Maria Fitzgerald
Professor of Developmental Neurobiology
The developmental biology of spinal cord and cortical pain processingm.fitzgerald@ucl.ac.uk020 7679 7376
Internal: 37376
020 7679 1303
Internal: 31303
020 7679 3387
Internal: 33387
Professor Jonathan Fry
Professor of Physiology
Steroid hormonesj.fry@ucl.ac.uk020 7679 6214
Internal: 46214
Professor Alasdair Gibb
Professor of Pharmacology
Ion channel receptors and synaptic transmissiona.gibb@ucl.ac.uk020 7679 3747
Internal: 33747
020 7679 1398
Internal: 31398
Dr Matthew Gold
Sir Henry Dale Fellow
Molecular basis of neuronal second messagingm.gold@ucl.ac.uk
Personal lab page
020 7679 7161
Internal: 37161
Professor Alexander Gourine
Professor of Physiology
Cardiovascular and respiratory neurophysiologya.gourine@ucl.ac.uk020 7679 6547
Internal: 46547
020 7679 2565
Internal: 32565
Professor Giandomenico Iannetti
Professor of Neuroscience
Human sensory neuroscienceg.iannetti@ucl.ac.uk020 7679 3759
Internal: 33759
020 7679 3750
Internal: 33750
Professor Tara Keck
Professor of Neuroscience
Cortical synaptic plasticityt.keck@ucl.ac.uk020 7679 6381
Internal: 46381
Dr Brian King
Senior Lecturer
Signalling of the purinoceptor familyb.king@ucl.ac.uk020 7794 0500
Internal: 35204
020 7679 6171
Internal: 46171
Professor Josef Kittler
Professor of Molecular Neurobiology
Cell biology of the synapsej.kittler@ucl.ac.uk020 7679 3218
Internal: 33218
Dr Stephanie KochBiosciences Divisional Research Fellows.koch@ucl.ac.uk020 7679 3386
Internal: 33386
Dr Andrew Macaskill
Sir Henry Dale Fellow
Synaptic and circuit basis of emotional behavioura.macaskill@ucl.ac.uk020 7679 4376
Internal: 34376
020 7679 3736
Internal: 33736
Dr Joanne Marks
Associate Professor
Regulation of epithelial transport in health and diseasejoanne.marks@ucl.ac.uk020 7794 0500
Internal: 37583
Professor Neil Millar
Professor of Molecular Pharmacology
Neuronal nicotinic acetylcholine receptorsn.millar@ucl.ac.uk020 7679 7241
Internal: 37241
Dr Guy Moss
Reader in Neuroscience
Cellular and molecular biophysicsg.moss@ucl.ac.uk020 7679 3752
Internal: 33752
020 7679 0499
Internal: 30499
Professor Paola Pedarzani
Professor of  Neurophysiology
Ion channels regulating neuronal excitability and firing propertiesp.pedarzani@ucl.ac.uk020 7679 2805
Internal: 32805
020 7679 7744
Internal: 37744
Professor Andreas Schaefer (joint with The Francis Crick Institute)
Professor of Neuroscience
Neurophysiology of behavioura.schaefer@ucl.ac.uk020 7679 6480
Internal: 46480
Professor Ralf Schoepfer
Professor of Pharmacology and Molecular Neurobiology
Molecules found in synapsesr.schoepfer@ucl.ac.uk020 7679 7242
Internal: 37242
Professor Talvinder Sihra
Professor of Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
Mechanisms of neurotransmitter releaset.sihra@ucl.ac.uk
Personal lab page
020 7679 3296
Internal: 33296
020 7679 3385
Internal: 33385
Professor Angus Silver
Professor of Neuroscience and Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow
Synaptic transmission and neural computationa.silver@ucl.ac.uk020 7679 7830
Internal: 37830
Professor Lucia Sivilotti
AJ Clark Professor of Pharmacology
Nicotinic and glycine receptorsl.sivilotti@ucl.ac.uk020 7679 3358
Internal: 33358
Dr Martin Stocker
Reader in Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience
Molecular pharmacology and physiology of potassium channelsm.stocker@ucl.ac.uk020 3549 5671
Internal: 65671
Professor Stefan Trapp
Professor of Autonomic Neuroscience and Metabolic Disease
Autonomic neuroscience and metabolic diseases.trapp@ucl.ac.uk020 7679 6094
Internal: 46094
Dr Paola Vergani
Senior Lecturer
CFTR in cystic fibrosisp.vergani@ucl.ac.uk020 7679 7908
Internal: 37908
Dr Dean Willis
Mechanisms of physiological and pathological inflammationdean.willis@ucl.ac.uk020 7679 3755
Internal: 33755
Professor Christopher Yeo
Professor of Behavioural Neuroscience
How the cerebellum generates behaviourc.yeo@ucl.ac.uk020 7679 3339
Internal: 33339
020 7679 2007
Internal: 32007
020 7679 7377
Internal: 37377
Dr Anselm Zdebik
Senior Lecturer
Chloride/proton antiportersa.zdebik@ucl.ac.uk020 7794 0500
Internal: 37508
Postdoctoral Fellows
Group LeadersTitleEmailTelephone
Isaac BiancoWellcome Trust and Royal Society Sir Henry Dale Fellowship
UCL Excellence Fellowship
i.bianco@ucl.ac.uk020 3549 5509
Internal: 65509
Lorenzo FabriziMRC Career Development Awardl.fabrizi@ucl.ac.uk020 3108 1888
Internal: 51888
Matthew GoldWellcome Trust and Royal Society Sir Henry Dale Fellowshipm.gold@ucl.ac.uk020 7679 7161
Internal: 37161
Stephanie KochBiosciences Divisional Research Fellows.koch@ucl.ac.uk020 7679 3386 Internal: 33386
Andrew MacAskillWellcome Trust and Royal Society Sir Henry Dale Fellowship
UCL Excellence Fellowship
a.macaskill@ucl.ac.uk020 7679 4376
Internal: 34376
020 7679 3736
Internal: 33736
Postdoctoral Fellows & Grant AwardeesTitleEmail
Paride AntinucciSir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowp.antinucci@ucl.ac.uk
Susu ChenSir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowsusu.chen@ucl.ac.uk
Saad Hannan

International Rett Syndrome Foundation Mentored Training Fellowship

Ivan KadurinBritish Heart Foundationj.kadurin@ucl.ac.uk

Thomas  Pfeiffer             

EMBO Fellowshipt.pfeiffer@ucl.ac.uk
Thomas Younts

Human Frontier Sciences Programme 

Kimberley WhiteheadBrain Research UKk.whitehead@ucl.ac.uk

Asaph Zylbertal              

BBSRC Discovery Fellow                                                                                                                                     


Teaching Fellows
Staff MemberEmailTelephone
Dr Ian Edwards
Senior Teaching Fellow
i.edwards@ucl.ac.uk020 7679 0125
Internal: 30125
Dr Martina Wicklein
Senior Teaching Fellow
Dr Andrew Batchelor
Principal Teaching Fellow
a.batchelor@ucl.ac.uk020 7679 0479
Internal: 30479
Dr Pamela Houston
Principal Teaching Fellow
p.houston@ucl.ac.uk020 7679 0745
Internal: 40745
Dr Margaret Mayston
Principal Teaching Fellow
m.mayston@ucl.ac.uk020 7679 6076
Internal: 46076
Dr Richard Tunwell
Principal Research Fellow
r.tunwell@ucl.ac.uk020 7679 0750
Internal: 40750
Dr Joanna Edwards
Pharmacology teaching Fellow
Associated Staff
Staff MemberResearch InterestsEmail
Dr Simon Beggs  (at Institute of Child Health)
Lecturer in Neurobiology of Paediatric Pain
Postnatal development of nociceptive processings.beggs@ucl.ac.uk
Professor David Brown
Research Professor of Pharmacology
GPCR regulation of ion channel activityd.a.brown@ucl.ac.uk
Dr Liam Browne (at WIBR)
Sir Henry Dale Fellow
Nociceptive Circuitsliam.browne@ucl.ac.uk
Professor Rob Brownstone
Brain Research Trust Chair of Neurosurgery, Motor Neuroscience & Movement Disorders, IoN
Professor Neil Burgess
Professor of Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience, Clinical & Experimental Epilepsy, IoN
Professor David Colquhoun
Research Professor of Pharmacology
Single ion channel functiond.colquhoun@ucl.ac.uk
Professor John Foreman
Emeritus Professor of Immunopharmacology
Professor John Garthwaite (at WIBR)
Emeritus Professor of Experimental Neuroscience
Nitric oxide signalling in the brainjohn.garthwaite@ucl.ac.uk
Professor Kenneth Harris (at Institute of Neurology)
Professor of Quantitative Neuroscience
Computation and biology of neuronal self-organizationkenneth.harris@ucl.ac.uk
Professor Michael Hausser (at WIBR)   
Professor of Neuroscience
Neural computationm.hausser@ucl.ac.uk
Professor Don Jenkinson
Emeritus Professor of Pharmacology
Potassium channel pharmacologyd.jenkinson@ucl.ac.uk
Professor Robert Kleta (at Centre for Nephrology)   
Potter Chair of Nephrology
Physiology and pathophysiology of the kidneyr.kleta@ucl.ac.uk
Dr Jennifer Linden (at Ear Institute)    
Reader in Neuroscience
Brain mechanisms of listening and learningj.linden@ucl.ac.uk
Professor Troy Margrie (at Sainsbury Wellcome Centre)
Professor of Systems Neuroscience and Associate Director SWC
The cellular logic of sensory circuits


Professor Stephen Moss (at Tufts)    
Professor of Neuroscience
Professor Andy Ramage
Emeritus Professor of Systems Pharmacology
Modulation of chemical neurotransmissiona.ramage@ucl.ac.uk
Professor Patricia Salinas (at CDB)
Professor of Cellular Neurobiology
Cell signalling in synaptic plasticity and synapse degenerationp.salinas@ucl.ac.uk
Professor Clare Stanford
Emeritus Professor of Translational Neuropharmacology
Monoamine neuropharmacologyc.stanford@ucl.ac.uk
Professor John Wood (at WIBR)   
Professor of Molecular Neurobiology and Head of the Molecular Nociception Group
Molecular genetics of sensory neuronsj.wood@ucl.ac.uk
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*please click here to read the rules the Division of Biosciences applies to the senior Fellowships listed below
** please contact Dr Claire Westwood (email) with any queries about senior Fellowships

UCL Excellence Fellowship – see also Excellence Fellowship cohorts page. Round deadlines have been in August and May. The UCL Excellence Fellowship scheme is run by the School of Life and Medical Sciences and is open to the full range of disciplines in basic and applied life sciences.

MRC Career Development Award – opens 10 August 2018, closes 20 September 2018. The scheme supports talented post-doctoral researchers in the biomedical sciences to lead their own research plans and establish their own, independent research team. The award includes the fellow’s salary and support for research staff, consumables expenses, travel costs and capital equipment for up to five years.  

* MRC Senior Non-Clinical Fellowships - opens 10 August 2018, closes 20 September 2018. The SNCF supports researchers with a track record of effectively leading their own independent research to make the transition to research leadership and become an internationally recognised leader in their field. An SNCF provides funding for a challenging research programme, and an ambitious programme of research training which offers accelerated personal and career development.  Applicants wanting to retain an existing position and combine this with research funding, should consider funding options under one of the grant schemes.

Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowships - this scheme offers recently qualified postdoctoral researchers the opportunity to start independent research careers, working in some of the best research environments in the world. New applications are considered twice a year. Preliminary application deadline - 9 October 2018. Full application deadline - 18 December 2018. There will be an April 2019 round announced.

* Wellcome Trust/Royal Society Sir Henry Dale Fellowship – 3 rounds/year early November, April and August. This scheme is for outstanding post-doctoral scientists wishing to build their own UK-based, independent research career addressing an important biomedical question. The award covers the fellow’s salary and research costs (including technical assistance) for five years. There may be a further 3 years of funding. The awardee can apply for this on condition he/she passes the interview by a Division of Biosciences Director/HoD lead panel. This is because, during the second stage of the Sir Henry Dale Fellowship UCL must support the candidate by 50% salary and after the 8th and final year the awardee becomes a tenured UCL Staff member.

European Research Council Starting Grants – deadlines tba. The scheme targets promising researchers who have the proven potential of becoming independent research leaders. The five-year award has a flexible budget that can be used to cover the fellow’s salary, PhD and postdoc posts, consumable, travel and equipment.

Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship – deadline tba. This scheme is equivalent to the University Research Fellowships, but specifically targeted at individuals who require a flexible working pattern due to personal circumstances such as parenting or caring responsibilities or health issues.

BBSRC David Phillips Fellowships – rounds have been opening February with May deadline. The scheme provides support for researchers with high academic and leadership potential wishing to establish their first independent research group. The award includes the fellow’s salary and a significant research support grant for five years.

Human Frontier Science Programme Fellowships (various schemes) 
Please simply read up on these schemes, for instance… one is a scheme aimed at applicants with a Ph.D. in a biological discipline, who will broaden their expertise by proposing a project in the life sciences which is significantly different from their previous Ph.D. or postdoctoral work. HFSP postdoctoral fellowships encourage early career scientists to broaden their research skills by moving into new areas of study while working in a new country. Fellowship initiation deadline: 9 August 2018, Fellowship submission deadline: 23 August 2018
There is also a Career Development Award but this is only for those who have held a HFSP Fellowship.

Newton International Fellowship - see scheme notes. Support the development and training of postdoctoral researchers at an early stage of their career from any country outside the UK, by providing an opportunity to work at a UK research institution for two years. Look out for a March deadline 2019.

Marie Sklodowska-Curie actions - the goal of Individual Fellowships is to enhance the creative and innovative potential of experienced researchers, wishing to diversify their individual competence in terms of skill acquisition through advanced training, international and intersectoral mobility.
Deadline: 12 September 2018.