Postgraduate research

We welcome applications from students interested in MSc and PhD research. You will have the opportunity to perform research in pharmacology, neuropharmacology and cell signaling with acknowledged experts in these areas.

The pharmacology group provides full facilities for postgraduate research students including full supervising support covering a wide range of physiological, pharmacological and molecular methods.

Current PhD students

Mrs Estabraq Jaddoa
Project title: Analysis of rat brain lipids and metabolites after antidepressant drug treatment

Mr Lukasz Lagojda
Project title: Investigating the Regulation of Voltage-Gated Potassium Channels in The Cerebellum of a Phencyclidine-Induced Model of Schizophrenia

Mr Adesina Omoloye
Project title: Gut peptides; Signalling and Neuromodulation in Brain regions associated with reward and cognition processes

Miss Rubab Talpur
Project title: The impact of Mitochondrial stress signalling and DNA damage on ageing of brain cells

Mr Simon Wheeler
Project title: Roles and subcellular localisations of sphingolipids in neurodegenerative disorders 

Awarded PhDs

Natalia Chira, 2018

Emmanuel Quansah, 2017

Mathieu Di Miceli, 2016

Zhong Cheng, 2011

Yi  Luo, 2009

Cheryl Collins, 2009

Somchaiya Surichan, 2008

Rebecca C Allsopp, 2006

Kathryn S Saadat, 2006

Georgina De Foubert, 2005

James C Aston, 2005

Pamela J White, 2005

Ahmad A Khundakar, 2004

Stephen A Bennett, 2005

Thomas J R Beveridge, 2003

Chun Guo, 2002 

Annis O Mechan, 2001

Rachael M Nelson, 2001

Examples of career pathways after PhD

Natalia Chira, 2018

Thesis title: DMD gene expression and function in immune cells.

Current: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Portsmouth, UK, investigating effects of DMD mutations in animal models.

Emmanuel Quansah, 2017

Thesis title: “Molecular and Neurochemical Effects of Methylphenidate on the Developing Brain”

Current: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Van Andel Research Institute, Michigan, USA, investigating molecular mechanism of neurodegenerative diseases

Mathieu Di Miceli, 2016

Thesis title: “The impact of psychostimulant administration during development on adult brain functions controlling motivation, impulsivity and cognition”

Current: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Bordeaux, France, investigating the role of omega 3 rich diet on endocannabinoid function

Stephen A Bennett, 2005

Thesis title: “An investigation into the modulation of dopamine neurotransmission by typical antipsychotic agents and glycine B receptor agonists”

Current: Advanced specialist Pharmacist and Independent Prescriber for paediatric critical care, Glenfield Hospital, Leicester; Senior Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice, Leicester School of Pharmacy, De Montfort University

Previous: Clinical Pharmacist, NHS and private companies

Ahmad A Khundakar, 2004

Thesis title: “The effect of antidepressant treatment on brain-derived neurotrophic factor expression in the rat hippocampus”

Current: Senior Lecturer in Pharmacology at Teesside University

Previous: Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Institute of Neuroscience, Newcastle University; Medical writer on behalf of pharmaceutical/medical clients

Thomas J R Beveridge, 2003

Thesis title: “An investigation into the neuronal activity induced by direct and indirect 5-HT2 agonists as indicated by Arc mRNA”

Current: Manager of Clinical Sciences and Medical Affairs atFerring Pharmaceuticals, New Jersey, USA; Adjunct Assistant Professor Wake Forest School of Medicine USA, Center for Neurobiology of Addiction Treatment

Previous: Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Lecturer at Wake Forest School of Medicine USA, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology


Annis O Mechan, 2001

Thesis title: “An investigation of the acute and longer-term effects of 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA; 'ecstasy’)”

Current: Senior Safety Report Writer at Idorsia Pharmaceuticals Ltd Basel Area, Switzerland

Previous: Research Scientist, Actelion Pharmaceuticals Ltd and DSM Nutritional Products; Post-doctoral Research Fellow, John Hopkins School of Medicine