Paul Dodson joins the School as lecturer in Neuroscience
14 August 2018
The School is delighted to announce that Paul Dodson has now joined us as a lecturer in Neuroscience.
Paul graduated in Physiology and received his Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Leicester. He completed his graduate studies in Professor Ian Forsythe's laboratory, examining the roles of presynaptic potassium channels at the calyx of Held in the auditory brainstem. In 2003, he moved to Los Angeles as an HFSP Long-Term Fellow to work with Professor Tom Otis, investigating how alcohol affects GABAA receptors in the cerebellum to cause motor impairment. Paul returned to the UK in 2006 to work with Professor Matt Nolan at the University of Edinburgh, studying how ion channel expression is 'tuned' to precisely control neuronal function. He then moved to the University of Oxford in 2011 to work alongside Prof’s. Peter Magill and Paul Bolam at the MRC Brain Network Dynamics Unit as a Career Development Fellow of the Oxford Parkinson's Disease Centre (OPDC), and was appointed as an OPDC Senior Research Fellow in 2015.
Paul’s research focusses on investigating how different sub-populations of neurons in the basal ganglia encode behaviour and how this is perturbed in Parkinson’s disease. His group uses in vivo single-unit recording and labelling, optogenetic manipulation and behavioural analyses to link the molecular profile of different neurons with their role in behaviour.