Dr Tom Matheson PhD SFHEA

TomMatheson.gifReader in Neurobiology

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Email:    tm75@le.ac.uk



Our research analyses the function of sensory and motor systems in insects. We seek to understand how limb movements are controlled, and we are interested in how the properties of nerve cells change over time or through experience (neuronal plasticity). We investigate the mechanisms underpinning locust swarm formation and break-up.



I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

These are my current teaching roles. Please note that courses and lecturer contributions can change, so my contributions may differ in the future.

  • BS2066. Behavioural Neurobiology (Convenor).
  • BS2077. Neurobiology and Animal Behaviour (Co-convenor).
  • BS3064. Comparative Neurobiology (Convenor).

I also contribute to undergraduate teaching in module M1 Neural Mechanisms of Behaviour at the University of Cambridge.


Commercial interests

We developed innovative mathematical and statistical tools for data management and analysis that were commercialised for a time through a University of Leicester backed spinout company Openbrain Ltd. This company was dissolved in 2017 to permit the Director to move on to other commercial interests.

Openbrain Ltd


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