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Dr Steve Fitzjohn

Dr Steve Fitzjohn

Dr Steve Fitzjohn
B.Sc.(Edin.), Ph.D.(Bristol)

Senior Lecturer

Office D8a
Biomedical Sciences Building,
University Walk, Bristol BS8 1TD
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+44 (0) 117 331 2285



I received a BSc in Pharmacology from the University of Edinburgh before undertaking a PhD with Graham Collingridge at the University of Bristol, co-supervised by David Lodge at Eli Lilly, investigating the role of metabotropic glutamate receptors in the induction of long-term depression in the rodents hippocampus using in vitro electrophysiology. After post-doc work in Bristol on mechanisms of synaptic plasticity in normal animals and models of Alzheimer’s disease, I moved to Manchester as a Lecturer in Neuroscience before returning to Bristol.

In 2010 I moved to industry, working at Eli Lilly in Windlesham on a number of neuroscience projects, including investigating forebrain-selective antagonists of AMPA receptors as potential novel therapies for epilepsy.

In 2013 I returned to Bristol as a Teaching Fellow.


I am Programme Director for the MSc in Biomedical Sciences Research.

I teach on the following units:
BSc Year 1: Mechanisms of Drug Action 1; Pharmacology 1A; Pharmacology 1B; Introduction to Neuroscience
BSc Year 2: Pharmacology 2A; Pharmacology 2B
BSc Year 3: Synaptic Plasticity; Pharmacology of the Nervous System
MSc: Pharmacology
BVSc: Animal Disease 1 (year 2); Animal Disease 2 (year 3)
BDS: Health Sciences: Pharmacology (year 2)
MBChB: Case-based learning (year 1); Introduction to Pharmacology and Therapeutics (year 2)

I am also Unit Director for Pharmacology 1A and Mechanisms of Drug Action in Year 1 of our BSc, and the Pharmacology unit on the MSc in Biomedical Sciences Research.

I am external examiner for the BSc in Medical Sciences programmes at the University of Exeter.

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