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Dr Stephen Soffe

Dr Stephen Soffe

Dr Stephen Soffe
B.Sc.(Aberd.), D.Phil.(Sus.)

Senior Lecturer

Area of research

Neural control of motor responses in amphibian tadpoles

Office Life Sciences: 101
Life Sciences Building,
24 Tyndall Avenue, Bristol BS8 1TQ
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+44 (0) 117 39 41201


I work in close collaboration with Professor Alan Roberts, studying the neuronal circuitry of Xenopus locomotion. We use whole cell patch clamp to characterise individual neurons in sensory and motor pathways. In so doing we can understand the behaviour of a simple organism at a cellular level.

Activities / Findings

  • Neural control of lower vertebrate locomotion
  • Spinal inhibition
  • Motor pattern selection
  • Neural circuit flexibility


  • L1 BIOL 12000 Life Processes (Neurobiology)
  • L2 BIOL 20102 Neurobiology
  • L3 BIOL 31127 Neuroethology


  • Xenopus
  • whole-cell recording


  • Spinal cord impairment
  • basic information about neural circuit operation

Processes and functions

  • Locomotion


  • Electrophysiology
  • patch clamp
  • microdissection



School of Biological Sciences

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Recent publications

View complete publications list in the University of Bristol publications system

Networks & contacts

  • Prof Alan Roberts

  • School of Biol. Sci.
  • Univ. Bristol

    Dr Mark Tunstall

  • Structural Biology
  • Univ. Otago
  • Dunedin
  • New Zealand

    Dr Steve Coombes

  • Math. Sci.
  • Loughborough Univ.

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