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Dr Anthony Ashton

Senior Lecturer
School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences

Tony is the course leader for the BSc in Physiology and Pharmacology. He contributes to both UG and PG teaching in the fields of cell biology, biochemistry, pharmacology and neurobiology. He also is an active researcher who is an expert in the field of molecular neurobiology. His research involves the study of the molecular mechanisms of neurotransmitter release. He has a research group normally consisting of several PhD students.

Tony runs a Molecular Neuropharmacology module in the final year that takes advantage of his particular expertise. He also teaches physiology to the second years and contributes to UG practical sessions. He also teaches on MSc courses in Cancer Biology and in Neuroscience and contributes to MRes programmes. He is an active researcher with a group that consists mainly of PhD students. Over the last few years his group has normally consisted of about 3 PhD students at different stages of their studies and he also acts as a second supervisor for other students. He is Chair of the School's Health and Safety committee.

Tony did his PhD at Imperial College and remained as post-doctoral worker until he left in 2004 to become a senior lecturer at UCLan. When he joined there was very little neuroscience being taught in the School. However, over the years this has expanded such that now there is some very specialised neurobiology modules offered in the final year of the degree for the Physiology/Pharmacology and Pharmacology students. These modules were also taken by other schools. The School itself has now several staff who are neuroscientists which has made this a particular specialism of the school both for teaching and research. He has run a research group consisting mainly of PhD students throughout his time at UCLan although he has also had several MSc students. He has a major collaborator at UCL in London. He has presented the findings of his work both in the UK and more importantly internationally. Many presentations were at the Annual meetings of the Society of Neuroscience in various places in the United States of America.

  • PhD Biochemistry, Imperial College London, 1986
  • BSc Biochemistry, Warwick University, 1980
  • PgCert HE, University of Central Lancashire
  • Molecular mechanisms of neurotransmitter release involving modes of exocytosis and distinct pools of synaptic vesicles. Such fundamental research will help in understanding synaptic plasticity and memory and also further our knowledge of neuronal disorders including neurodegenerative diseases (Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease) and psychiatric illnesses.
  • Member of the Society of Neuroscience