• United Kingdom

  • King Henry I Street, King Henry Building

    PO1 2DY Portsmouth

    United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I supervise PhD students who are interested in the neural circuits and pathways that underlie impulsive/compulsive behaviour. This can be in the fields of addiction, neuropsychology/neuropsychiatry, or more generally in animal behaviour and cognition. Please contact Dr Parker for enquiries.

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Biography

I was educated (BSc, MSc, PhD) at the University of Southampton. Following Post-Docs at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) and Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), and a lectureship in Cell Biology and Developmental Genetics at QMUL, I joined the University of Portsmouth in 2015, where I set up the Brain and Behaviour Lab, and the Zebrafish Research Facility.

My group's primary research interest concerns understanding the biology underlying a range of neuropsychiatric, neurodevelopmental, and neurodegenerative disorders. We primarily use zebrafish as a model species to study interactions between molecular (genetic/epigenetic) and environmental (e.g., alcohol, stress) factors, and the associated neural circuits, that underlie several such disorders (eg ADHD, Alzheimer's Addiction). We then translate these finding to humans, and have an active clinical research programme (with Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust). Our approach is theoretically guided by the principles of precision medicine, i.e., that understanding the biology of conditions will help develop individualised treatments for patients. We employ a broad range of research methodologies, spanning psychopharmacology, neuroscience, genetics, psychology and public health. 

As well as my translational research, I have a strong interest in animal behaviour, cognition and welfare. In particular, I am interested in the impact of innate differences ('personality' characteristics) and environmental challenges (typically anthropogenic stressors) on behaviour and welfare. I am Associate Editor of the Journal of Veterinary Behaviour, and an original member of the Animals in Science Committee.

We currently receive funding from NC3Rs; Dstl (Porton Down); INTERREG Channel (EU); CAPES Foundation (Brazil); Foundation for Liver Research; NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN); ESRC [via South Coast DTP]; Alzheimer’s Research UK; Petroleum Technology Development Fund (Nigeria).

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Ph.D., University of Southampton

1 Sep 200530 Sep 2008

Award Date: 17 Jan 2009

External positions

Lecturer, Queen Mary University of London

30 Aug 20141 Sep 2015

Keywords

  • BF Psychology
  • neuroscience
  • biopsychology
  • QP Physiology
  • neurophysiology
  • RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
  • addiction
  • drug and alcohol

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  • UPSU Award

    Parker, Matt (Recipient), Jan 2018

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