Dr Matt Parker is Senior Lecturer in Neuroscience. He was educated (BSc, MSc, PhD) at the University of Southampton. Following post doctoral fellowships at the Royal Veterinary College and Queen Mary University of London, he worked as Lecturer in Cell Biology and Developmental Genetics at Queen Mary University of London and Nanchang Medical School (China). He then worked at the University of Portsmouth 2015-2022, where he established the Brain and Behaviour Lab and the Portsmouth zebrafish facility. He left Portsmouth in 2022 to join the School of Biosciences at Surrey as a Senior Lecturer in Neuroscience. His research focusses on how our personalities impact upon how we respond to stress. His group approaches this problem by employing basic and translational neuroscience and psychopharmacology, and applies it in both clinical and pre-clinical settings. Since working at Queen Mary, he helped to establish zebrafish as a model organism in behavioural neuroscience, developed a number of now widely used behavioural protocols in this species, and inspired the development of commercially available automated behavioural tracking devices. His group currently is generously supported by funding from BBSRC, NC3Rs, 3Z Pharmaceutical, Dstl, and the ALS association (with University of Sheffield and University of Exeter).
As well as his academic work, Dr Parker sits of external panels and committees, including the BBSRC panel of experts (committee A), the NC3Rs Skills and Knowledge Transfer Partnership panel, and the European Commission (Horizon Europe (HORIZON) – Evaluation). He previously sat as a member of the UK Home Office Animals in Science Committee (2013-2016).