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Jack Gordon

DPhil Student

  • BBSRC DTP in Interdisciplinary Bioscience


I completed my undergraduate degree in Biomedical Science (BSc Hons) at the University of Sheffield, graduating in 2019 and receiving the Departmental Prize for overall achievement. During my time at Sheffield, I was awarded a Wellcome Trust scholarship to investigate disrupted signalling pathways in motor neuron disease. I was also involved in a project which evaluated differentiation protocols to generate nociceptive neurons from stem cells and used the fruit fly model system to study the molecular mechanisms of epithelial to mesenchymal cellular transitions. 

I joined the BBSRC Interdisciplinary Bioscience Doctoral Training Programme at the University of Oxford in September 2019. In my first rotation project in the Szele Group (Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics) I used conditional knockout mouse models and confocal imaging to investigate the epigenetic regulation of neurogenesis in the adult hippocampus.

I'm now conducting my DPhil project in the Ellender Group where my research aims to determine how different pools of embryonic neural progenitors contribute to the formation and function of neural circuits in the striatum, building on previous exciting work from the lab.