MATT PARKER


Dr Matt Parker is a behavioural neuroscientist specializing in neurodevelopmental and neuropsychiatric disorders. He studied psychology (BSc, MSc, PhD) at the University of Southampton, completing his PhD in 2008, where he characterised neurocognitive phenotypes associated with stereotypic behaviour in horses. He then moved to the Royal Veterinary College in Hertfordshire, where he worked as a Research Associate studying the behaviour and physiology of animals in intensive farming systems. He joined Queen Mary University of London in 2011, where he worked on an NC3Rs grant developing behavioural assays to facilitate forward genetic screens for identification of novel alleles linked to drug seeking and vulnerability to drug abuse. In 2014, Dr Parker was appointed lecturer in Cell Biology and Developmental Genetics at Queen Mary. He subsequently moved to the University of Portsmouth in 2015, and is now senior lecturer in Behavioural Pharmacology and Neuroscience. He is the group leader of the Brain and Behaviour lab, and has published over 50 papers, reviews, and book chapters in behavioural neuroscience and pharmacology.