• 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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My research is focussed on understanding the biology of neuropsychiatric, neurodevelopmental, and neurodegenerative disorders. I lead the Brain and Behaviour Lab at Portsmouth, which I established in 2015, act as research lead in the Zebrafish Research Facility. I have published more than 80 research articles, reviews and chapters in this area.

My group 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 neuropsychiatric, neurodevelopmental, and neurodegenerative disorders. 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 animal behaviour) and public health. 

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).

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


  • 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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