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Dr Andrew Macaskill
G31
Medical Sciences
Gower St
London
WC1E 6BT
Appointment
  • Wellcome Trust Sir Henry Dale Fellow
  • Neuro, Physiology & Pharmacology
  • Div of Biosciences
  • Faculty of Life Sciences
Biography

I graduated in 2005 with a degree in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge. I carried out PhD studies with Prof Josef Kittler as part of the Wellcome Trust 4-year PhD program in Neuroscience at UCL, before moving to New York as a Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellow to work with Adam Carter at the Centre For Neural Science at New York University. I started my independent research group in 2015.

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I am a neuroscientist working to understand how neurons in the brain communicate with each other to allow them to encode complex behaviours. Problems with this communication underlie the vast majority of neurodegenerative and neuropsychiatric diseases, and so my aim is to find novel ways to combat these diseases by gaining a greater understanding of the processes that they destroy.

I use a combination of viral expression, two-photon microscopy, optogenetics and electrophysiology to identify and characterise the neural circuitry underlying the generation of behaviour, and how this is altered in disease.

Appointments
01-AUG-2016 – 30-SEP-2021 Sir Henry Dale Fellow Neuroscience, Physiology and Pharmacology UCL, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2010 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Neuroscience University College London
2009 MA Master of Arts – Natural Sciences University of Cambridge
2005 BA Bachelor of Arts – Natural Sciences University of Cambridge
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