School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences


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Dr Matt Parker

  • Qualifications: BSc, MSc, PhD
  • Role Title: Lecturer
  • Address: School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Science, St Michael's Building, White Swan Road, Portsmouth, PO1 2DT
  • Telephone: 023 92 842850
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  • Department: School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Science
  • Faculty: Science


I am a behavioural neuroscientist with a particular interest in psychopathology in animals and humans. I studied psychology (BSc, MSc, PhD) at the University of Southampton, completing my PhD in 2008, where I characterised neurocognitive phenotypes associated with stereotypic behaviour in captive animals. I then moved to the Royal Veterinary College in Hertfordshire, where I worked as a Research Associate studying abnormal behaviour and physiology of animals in intensive farming systems, and then to Queen Mary University of London (Research Associate, then Lecturer), where I developed a neurocognitive test battery for zebrafish. I was appointed as lecturer (now senior lecturer) in Behavioural Pharmacology at the University of Portsmouth in 2015. 

Teaching Responsibilities

Year 1:

Biological Cell and Systems Chemistry U21872
Applied Systems Human Biology U21873
Experimental Physiology U23941

Year 2:

Altered Physiology U21861



In my lab, we are interested in the biology of neurodevelopmental and neuropsychiatric disorder. In particular, our goal is to understand more about the interaction between molecular (genetic/epigenetic) and environmental (stress, toxins) factors that cause these conditions to manifest. Our approach is guided very much by the philosophy that understanding the biology of neuropsychiatric conditions will help develop more effective treatments for patients. For this reason, we adopt a translational approach, primarily using zebrafish as a model species. 


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