Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences
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We research fundamental physiological mechanisms and pathways, from single genes to complex behaviour, relevant to normal human function and how disruption of these mechanisms lead to disease.

Members of the Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences (CDBS) carry out research at molecular, cellular, systems and behavioural levels to understand fundamental mechanisms and pathways relevant to brain and body function in health and disease.

CDBS investigators exploit rapid advances in the enabling technologies available from genomics, proteomics, imaging, informatics, and in-vivo analysis to understand the function of gene products at the cell, organ and whole-animal level.

They also exploit the most appropriate model organisms/systems to investigate the delicate balance between high biomedical relevance (for example human, mouse, rat) and high genetic power (such as C. elegans, drosophila and zebrafish).


CDBS Executive Committee     
Director  Prof  David Wyllie Professor of Ion Channel Physiology and Pharmacology 
Deputy Director - Lead for Research Opportunities  Prof Catherina Becker  Professor of Neural Development and Regeneration
Deputy Director -  Lead for Career Development   Prof Tara Spires-Jones  Personal Chair of Neurodegeneration
Finance Lead  Dr Sutherland Maciver  Reader in Biomedical Sciences
Equality and Diversity Lead  Prof Norah Spears  Professor of Reproductive Physiology
Post-graduate Lead  Dr Paula Brunton  Senior Lecturer (Edinburgh | Zhejiang)
Post-graduate Lead Mr Constantinos Eleftheriou  PhD Student
Post-doctoral Lead  Dr Emily Osterweil  Chancellor's Fellow
Post-doctoral Lead  Dr Dorothy Tse  Postdoctoral Fellow & Lab Manager
Professional Support Services Lead (technical) Mrs Carol Wollaston  Centre Building Manager
Professional Support Services Lead (administration)  Ms Beverly Roberts  Scientific Adminstrator Simons Initiative 
Seminar Lead (Central)  Dr Karen Smillie  Tenure-tracked lecturer 
Seminar Lead (BioQuarter)   Dr HongYan Zhang  Chancellor’s Fellow