Dr Bhuvaneish T Selvaraj (Chancellor's fellow)

  • Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences
  • UK Dementia Research Institute, Anne Rowling Regenrative Neurology Clinic
  • Euan MacDonald Centre for MND Research

Contact details



Chancellor's building
49 Little France Crescent
The University of Edinburgh

Post code
Eh16 4SB


Bhuvaneish T Selvaraj is an engineering graduate from Anna University, India. He began his scientific research career with a Ph.D in neurobiology at University of Wuerzburg, Germany. In 2014, he moved to University of Edinburgh to undertake his post-doctoral research on human stem cell disease modelling of neurodegenerative diseases. In 2020 he was awarded Chancellor’s fellowship at University of Edinburgh.


2002 - 2006  B.Tech Industrial Biotechnology, Anna University

2007 - 2012  PhD Institute of Clinical Neurobiology, University of Wuerzburg

Current PhD students supervised

Ms. Andrea Salzinger

Ms. Áine Heffernen

Mr. James Cooper

Research summary

Progressive degeneration and loss of neurons is an hallmark feature of many debilitating and incurable neurodegenerative diseases such as Dementia and Motor Neuron Disease (MND). Globally, surge in ageing population leads to rapid rise in prevalence of these diseases culminating as a major health challenge. Thus, there is an huge unmet need to understand disease mechanism and to develop novel neuroprotective strategies to combat these devastating diseases.

We are particularly interested in MND as our disease model, nevertheless, it is becoming increasingly evident that MND and fronto-temporal dementia (FTD) share common underlying mechanism. Motor neurons are amongst the longest neurons in the body with its axon extending up to a metre to connect target muscle. Accumulating evidence suggests MND is multifactorial and independent pathomechanisms affect distinct cellular compartments of motor neurons – soma and axon – leading to motor neuron loss and axon degeneration, respectively. The overarching aim of our research is to decipher the molecular pathomechanisms leading to selective vulnerability of motor neurons as observed in motor neuron disease. In addition, we also focus on understanding and exploit mechanisms that control axonal homeostasis to promote axonal maintenance and preserve axons from degeneration.  To achieve this we use cutting edge technologies like human stem cells modelling including 3D organoid models, CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing, electrophysiology and human post-mortem studies.


Prof Siddharthan Chandran

Prof Colin Smith

Prof Dario Alessi (MRC PPU, Dundee)

Prof Adrian Isaacs (UCL, London)

Dr Matthew Livesey (University of Sheffield)


Affiliated research centres

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Invited speaker

1. International symposium on MND/ALS - Glasgow, 2018

2. XXVI World Congress of Psychiatric Genetics (WCPG), Glasgow, 2018

3. Dementia research Institute - Connectome - Reading, 2018