My research investigates neurochemical mechanisms underlying motivation and attention, both in normal brains, and in mental disease.  Ongoing projects are looking at links between these fundamental processes in normal brains and dysfunctions in mental conditions, including addiction and schizophrenia.  To this end we use in vitro fast-scan cyclic voltammetry in rodent brains to investigate modulation of dopamine release in a number of brain areas both in normal brains and in models of addiction and schizophrenia.  Complementing these studies, we use both in vivo neurochemical techniques and behavioural assessment to study the neurochemistry of behaviours relevant to these conditions.

Our analytical chemistry section uses HPLC to measure neurochemicals in brain tissue from rodents, fish and Planarian flatworms, in collaboration with other groups both within and beyond this University

Parallel human studies use similar behavioural tasks in healthy volunteers to ascertain personality and environmental variables which my influence performance.

Current lab members:

  • None

Past lab members (last 10 years):


  • Dr Colin Davidson
  • Dr Aman Asif Malik

PhD students:

  • Dr Kate Z Peters
  • Dr Ersin Yavas
  • Dr Athar Hussein
  • Dr Asma Al-Ali
  • Dr Hewa Hama Ameen
  • Dr Pooja Sood


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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.

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Contact the Department

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

T: +44 (0)116 252 2922


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