The Neuroscience division pursues a broad range of neurobiological research, spanning from the molecular to the behavioural levels.

Research areas include: neuronal development; molecular and cellular neuroscience; neurophysiology; synaptic plasticity, learning and memory; and neurodegeneration and the ageing nervous system. We strive to integrate our research to provide a better understanding of the function of the healthy nervous system and the mechanisms leading to neurological disease states. A primary objective is to translate our knowledge into pharmacological and cell based therapies and improved clinical practice.

The Division is a member of the Cardiff Neuroscience Centre (CNC), which brings together research in neuroscience, psychology and psychiatric genetics and genomics. The Neuroscience Division also hosts the experimental MRI centre (EMRIC) and Brain Repair Group, and is a major participant in the Wellcome Trust 4 year PhD programme in Integrative Neuroscience.

Nodweddion unigryw

  • Member of the Neuroscience and Mental Health Research Institute (NMH RI), bringing together researchers based in the School of Biosciences, School of Medicine and School of Psychology
  • Brain Repair Group
  • Experimental MRI Centre (EMRIC)


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Beth Beckett

Administrative contact

The spectrum of research activities include:

  • Neural differentiation of human and mouse stem cells
  • Gene regulation in response to physiological stimuli
  • Cellular and neuronal network mechanisms of sleep
  • Mood stabilizers and the cellular basis of bipolar mood disorder
  • Advanced optical techniques for imaging dendritic spines and calcium dynamics
  • Ghrelin and the regulation of neuroendocrine processes
  • Functional differentiation of adult peripheral sensory neurons
  • Intracellular signalling in learning and memory
  • Mechanisms of neuronal plasticity in the cerebral cortex
  • Neuro-imaging of plasticity and sensory processing
  • Plasticity in the developing visual system
  • Molecular, cellular and neural processes of long-term and emotional memory
  • Cellular, genetic and neuronal network mechanisms of epilepsy
  • Ageing in the autonomic nervous system
  • Cell based therapies for Huntington’s and Parkinson’s disease
  • Cellular and molecular mechansims of memory dysfunction in neuropsychiatric disorders
  • Developing iPSC-derived neurons as a cell therapy for neuropsychiatric diseases
  • BDNF as a therapeutic target in mental disorders
  • Pathophysiology of Autism

For details of ongoing projects and collaborations, please visit the web pages of individual Neuroscience Division members.


We are inviting applications to a number of self-funded PhD projects in our School of Biosciences. These projects are open to UK/EU and overseas students.

Possible start dates for these projects: 1 July 2016, 1 October 2016, 1 January 2017, 1 April 2017

Application deadline: 31 July 2016

Please note:

  1. In place of a personal statement, you must write as to why you want to undertake a research study (approximately 500 words).
  2. Under 'Title/topic of proposed research project', type in the project title and in the space for research proposal repeat the project title.
  3. In answer to the question ‘How do you plan to fund your studies?’, please   specify the details and upload any documents proving the evidence (ex:   letter of confirmation of scholarship).

Molecular mechanisms of phenotype determination in BNST forebrain neurons

The complexity of adult brain function is largely met by the networking of a multitude of neurons, but there is also a requirement for different types of neuron.

Firing dynamics of thalamic and cortical neural networks during absence epilepsy

Epilepsy is one of the most serious and widespread neurological diseases, which affect about 1% of the population.

Our graduates have gone on to work in a variety of fields. The following list is indicative of the range of specialisms of former students: biochemist, educational psychologist, clinical neuropsychologist, psychiatrist, neurologist, doctor, psychopharmacologist, neuropathologist, neurophysiologist, biotechnologists, patent agent, science writer, academic publisher, clinical trails management, speech therapist, physiotherapist, occupational therapist, biostatistician, neural engineer, computational neuroscientist, database management, and management consultancy.


There are currently no funding opportunities available.

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