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Dr Andrew Doherty

Biography

I am currently a teaching fellow and researcher in neuroscience. I am Unit Organiser for Functional Neuroanatomy a Level 1 unit on the Neuroscience B.Sc. programme. I have a particular interest in the application of eBiolabs to neuroscience teaching and am responsible for the production of eLearning material to support them Level neuroscience teaching. I perform the full range of teaching within the University, on topics including molecular neuroscience, neuroanatomy, techniques in neuroscience researach and run 3rd year projects that focus on both research and teaching. I am an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and am currently working towards Fellowship status.

As a biochemist by training, past research has focussed on the role of mGlu recpetors in  synaptic plasticity. I am currently part of a group looking at the role of the JAK-STAT3 pathway in the induction and expression of long-term depression in the hippocampus. This involves the using immunological techniques combined with proteomics to identify potential downstream targets of these proteins.

I have been the Scientific Officer for the Centre for Synaptic Plasticity since 1999. This position has multiple roles within it including responsibility for the management and maintenance of large, multi-user equipment - such as confocal microscopes and multi-photon microscopes, as well as the training on those systems and support for grant applications.

In addition, I am the Deputy Biological Safety Officer for the School of Physiology and Pharmacology, with responsibility for ensuring that work using dangerous pathogens and genetically modified organisms is properly licensed and carried out within the relevant regulations, School Radiation Protection Supervisor and School Safety Advisor