UCL Research Domains


Domain staff

The Domain is led by Professor Trevor Smart, Dr Matt Wakelin, and Maya Sapir, and is supported by a steering group made up of representatives from across UCL.

Professor Trevor Smart new

Professor Trevor Smart


Department of Neuroscience, Physiology & Pharmacology

Matt Wakelin

Dr Matt Wakelin

Neuroscience Strategy Coordinator

Office of the Vice Provost for Health

Maya 2019

Maya Sapir

Communications & Events Officer

Office of the Vice Provost for Health

Since its inception, the Domain has coordinated a number of successful, collaborative interdisciplinary proposals such as the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre and the Wolfson Experimental Neurology Centre.

It has also developed a strong website presence that serves as a portal to neuroscience departments, research, training and events, as well as developing a comprehensive communication strategy (with over 2000 people now on our mailing list),

The Domain has also convened major events that bring together the community including the annual UCL Neuroscience Symposium and smaller more focused symposia and workshops  run by the UCL Neuroscience Careers Network (NCN).

Dr Matt Wakelin's primary role

  • Coordinates interdisciplinary, collaborative funding bids
  • Leads on driving and enhancing external (industry/university) collaborations
  • Encourages and facilitates cooperation and collaboration between those involved in neuroscience
  • Overall coordination/management of all Domain related business
  • Develops mutually beneficial relationships between the UCL Neuroscience community and external funding agencies (national and international)
  • Senior role in developing and implementing Neuroscience strategy across UCL
  • Ensures that neuroscience researchers are alerted to funding opportunities
  • Assists academics with the of grant applications as appropriate and when required.

Maya Sapir's primary role

  • Leads on driving and enhancing our communication and engagement strategy
  • Responsible for leading on developing content for the neuroscience fortnightly newsletters
  • Leads on the Domain's public engagement activities
  • Leads on event management for strategic Domain events including the annual Neuroscience Symposium
  • Provides Domain administrative support including maintaining mailing lists/ databases and supporting some of the various networks that have been established.