Dr. Andrew Young

Associate Professor of Behavioural Neuroscience

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Department of Neuroscience, Psychology and Behaviour
University of Leicester
Maurice Shock Building (MSB)
University Road
Leicester, LE1 7RH
Tel: 0116 229 7111

Personal Statement:

After completing my BSc (Hons) in Zoology at University of Nottingham, I went on to study for a PhD on the mechanisms of action of sleep peptides at University of Birmingham under the supervision of John Wolstencroft and Brian Key.  I then spent four years as a post-doc at Imperial College, and 9 years at the Institute of Psychiatry (Kings College) in London, before moving to Leicester as a Senior Research Fellow in 1997.  Although I undertook substantial teaching responsibilities during my post-docs and Fellowship, I joined the academic staff as a Lecturer in the School of Psychology in 2002.  My research focuses on understanding neurochemical mechanisms controlling behaviour: in particular motivation and attention, both in the normally functioning brain and in mental disease.  Current projects are investigating modulation of dopamine function in dorsal and ventral striatum in relation to schizophrenia and addiction, giving insights into basic mechanisms of function providing a better understanding of the origins of disease, and pointer to novel treatment strategies.  Previous funding includes grants from BBSRC, Wellcome Trust and NC3Rs.


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Personal tutor weeks

March - April, 2019.

See schedule of bookable appointments

Open Office Hours

My Open Office  hours are :

  • Mon 4:00 to 5:00
  • Thurs 11:00 to 12:00

You do not need an appointment at these times: just turn up. 

If you cannot manage these times, please contact me, and we can fix an alternative time.

Research Day


Contact the Department

Department of Neuroscience, Psychology and Behaviour
University of Leicester
University Road

T: +44 (0)116 252 2922
E: npbenquiries@le.ac.uk


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