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Dr Matt Parker, BSc, MSc, PhD


Principal Investigator

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James Clay, BSc, MRes, MSc


PhD Student

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Nancy Alnassar, BSc, MSc


PhD Student

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Foluso Ologungbede, BSc, MSc


PhD Student

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Courtney Hillman, BSc


PhD Student

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Dr Barbara Fontana

During her PhD Barbara characterised the role of adgrl3.1 in ADHD phenotypes in Zebrafish. She now has a post-doc in the USA in the Kenney Lab at Wayne State in Detroit, Michigan. 


Dr Madeleine Cleal

During her PhD, Maddie studied the neural and molecular basis of neuropsychiatric and neurodevelopmental disorders using zebrafish as a model system. Maddie now works at Scienion 


Kiera Baker

Keira worked with us on her MRes project looking into the role of impulsivity and emotional dysregulation on alcohol misuse.


Roxana Mezabrovschi

Roxana did her MRes in the lab working on the role of impulsivity and emotional dysregulation on alcohol use and misuse. She now works at UCL. 


Alistair Gibbon

Alistair carried out an MRes working on the impact of pH on zebrafish behaviour and responses to pharmacological agents.


Lisa Johns

Lisa completed an MRes project which studied the effects of social inequalities on health and behavioural parameters using zebrafish as a translational species. She now works as a Lab Assistant in Gosport.


Ancy Abraham

Ancy worked with us as an Undergrad student on electronic cigarette use and craving/addiction. She is now studying medicine at University of East Anglia.


Our group would be nothing without our network of collaborators around the world. This includes academics and clinicians, and people with whom we regularly publish and have ongoing projects. 

Dr Richard Aspinall (Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust, UK)

Professor Caroline Brennan (Queen Mary University of London, UK) 

Professor Alex Ford (University of Portsmouth, UK)

Professor Derek Hamilton (University of New Mexico, USA)

Dr Andrew Hemmings (Royal Agricultural University, UK)

Professor Allan Kalueff (St Petersburg State University, Russia)

Dr James Kearn (DSTL, UK)

Professor Michael Lardelli (University of Adelaide, Australia)

Dr Christof Lutteroth (University of Bath, UK)

Dr Sebastian McBride (Aberystwyth University, UK)

Dr Sophie Milward (University of Portsmouth, UK)

Dr Will Norton (University of Leicester, UK) 

Dr Andrew Penn (University of Sussex, UK)

Dr Leanne Proops (University of Portsmouth, UK)

Dr Arjuna Ratnayaka (University of Southampton, UK)

Dr Edward Redhead (University of Southampton, UK)

Professor Denis Rosemberg (Universidade Federal de Santa Maria, Brazil)

Dr George Slavich (UCLA, USA)

Dr Lorenzo Stafford (University of Portsmouth, UK)

Professor Bridget Waller (Nottingham Trent University)

Dr Matt Winter (University of Exeter, UK)

Takeshi Yoshimatsu (University of Sussex, UK)


We are always interested in hearing from potential PhD or MRes students, and have a variety of projects available. We will also consider individuals for placements or voluntary research assistant positions, particularly if your interests are aligned with one of our projects. This could include data collection and assisting with conducting experiments in the lab, or on any relevant associated research projects that you may be interested in. Please send any enquiries, enclosing a current CV, to Dr Parker.