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Dr Harry Potter

Lecturer in Medical Science
School of Medicine

Harry is a biomedical scientist interested in how environmental adversities experienced during critical periods (e.g. prenatally) affect the developing immune and nervous systems and has presented his research at several national and international conferences. Harry is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and works to improve equal access to science and higher education, including talking about research to the public, working with learned societies, and more recently discussing research with MPs in the Houses of Parliament (STEM for Britain, 2019).

Having published original research and review articles across a range of biomedical specialisms including immunology, neuroscience, behaviour, and genetics, Harry now lectures on the accelerated BSc Medical Science course, specialising in immunology.

Harry completed his BSc in Biomedical Science at Cardiff University in 2016 where he undertook several research placements working on human epigenetics in developmental disorders, behavioural and immune dysfunction in neuropsychiatric disorders. His honours thesis focussed on understanding the role of circulating megakaryocytes, the immune cells that produce platelets, in psychiatric disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder.

Harry then moved to the University of Manchester for his PhD in Integrative Neurobiology and Behaviour where he used a rat model of maternal inflammation to investigate the role of cytokines in the developmental programming of later life diseases. He was awarded several prizes including for his research (President's Doctoral Scholar award, 2016) and scientific communication (winner of the Biochemical Society Science Writing competition, 2017.

Following this, Harry gained further research experience as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh where he worked on understanding the role of maternal inflammation on chronic inflammatory disorders (such as rheumatoid arthritis) in offspring.

Alongside his research and teaching, Harry is committed to the public engagement of science at the local, national, and international level. He has contributed to community science days in the north west area, worked as an intern with the British Neuroscience Association, and helped run the press office at the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies conference.

  • PhD Integrative Neurobiology and Behaviour, University of Manchester, 2021
  • FHEA, University of Manchester, 2020
  • BSc Biomedical Science with Professional Training Year, Cardiff University
  • President's Doctoral Scholar award, 2016-2021
  • Guarantors of Brain travel bursary, 2019
  • British Association of Psychopharmacology Summer Meeting poster prize, 2018
  • Biochemical Society Science Communication prize, 2017

Modules Taught

  • XY2011 - Immunology
  • XY1110 - Integrated Medical Sciences
  • XY2041 - Research in Medical Sciences
  • Immunology
  • Neuroscience
  • Neuroinflammation
  • Developmental Programming
  • Neuropsychiatric Disorders
  • Behaviour
  • Epigenetics
  • British Neuroscience Association (member)
  • Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (member)