Dr. Craig Bertram

Postdoctoral researcher

School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences

Maudland Building, MB210


Subject Areas: Biosciences

Craig’s research addresses the neural basis of learning and controlling movement. It focuses particularly on subcortical structures, such as the basal ganglia, and on dopamine – a neurotransmitter whose dysfunction leads to Parkinson’s disease. His experience covers a range of in vitro and in vivo electrophysiological recording methods, as well as behavioural testing techniques.

Craig is an advocate of open science, data sharing and reuse, and of environmentally friendly biomedical research.

Craig is a member of the British Neuroscience Association

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Dr Bertram is a researcher in neuroscience in the school of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, having joined the school in 2016. Dr Bertram has a background in the intersection between psychology and neuroscience, having completed a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and received a PhD in neuroscience from the University of Sheffield (2007 and 2011 respectively). Dr Bertram’s work has encompassed several aspects of the learning and control of movement, and its dysfunction in neurological conditions. Moving from an undergraduate grounding in cognitive psychology and neuroscience, Dr Bertram completed a PhD examining the activity of collicular input to dopamine neurons, before working under Prof Tony Prescott and Dr Tom Stafford on how human participants learned to move around with the aid of a new source of sensory information. He returned to neurophysiology during a postdoctoral position at Emory University, Atlanta, GA, under Prof Dieter Jaeger, where he helped expand the techniques used in the lab to include in vivo blind whole cell patch clamping, freely moving eletrophysiological recordings, and automated behavioural testing.


  • PhD Neuroscience, University of Sheffield, 2011
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology, 2007