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Ben Pickard obtained a BSc in Biochemistry from Imperial College London (1992), and a PhD from the University of Edinburgh (1996). Before coming to the University of Strathclyde, he worked at the Babraham Institute, Cambridge on factors regulating DNA methylation, and at the Molecular Medicine Centre, Edinburgh, identifying genetic risk factors for common psychiatric illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and major depression.
- Director of Postgraduate (Taught) Programmes: oversight of MSc courses
- Course Director: new MSc Global Public Health
- Deputy, undergraduate Biomedical Sciences student-staff committee
- Teaching/class co-ordination across Biomedical Science classes: BM101, 102, 104, 305, 407, 410 (genetics, genomics, human disease, clinical biochemistry, neurdegeneration
- Teching on MSc Generic Skills: MP931 (Bioethics)
- Personal Development Advisor
- Internal/external examiner PhD theses
- External examiner MSc Neuroscience, UCL, (2013-2015)
Certificates of Recognition in University of Strathclyde Student Union Teaching Excellence Awards: 2012, 2013, 2014.
- The role of the NPAS3 and ABCA13 genes in psychiatric illness
- Metabolomic markers of mental illness
- A novel stem cell type, and it potential use in research and therapeutics
- A new gene trap-based mutation screening methodology to identify genes participating in specific aspects of cell function or response to drug treatment.
- Functional genetics of neuroinflammation and pathogen infection
- Oxidative stress biology
- Telomere manipulation to produce new cell lines for research
- Environmental factors influencing epigenetic marks on the genome
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Doctor of Science, University of Edinburgh
Award Date: 1 Jan 1996
Bachelor of Biomedical science, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine
Award Date: 1 Jan 1992
- bipolar disorder
- cell biology
- stem cells
- molecular biology
- gene trap
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Genes associated with amyloid-beta-induced inflammasome-mediated neuronal death identified using functional gene trap mutagenesis approachYap, J. K. Y., Pickard, B. S., Gan, S. Y. & Chan, E. W. L., 31 Jul 2021, In: International Journal of Biochemistry and Cell Biology. 136, 9 p., 106014.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile
The role of neuronal NLRP1 inflammasome in Alzheimer's disease: bringing neurons into the neuroinflammation gameYap, J. K. Y., Pickard, B. S., Chan, E. W. L. & Gan, S. Y., 1 Nov 2019, In: Molecular Neurobiology. 56, 11, p. 7741-7753 13 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Review article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile