School of Health Sciences and Social Work


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Dr Matt Parker

  • Qualifications: BSc, MSc, PhD
  • Role Title: Lecturer
  • Address: School of Health Sciences and Social Work, James Watson West building, 2 King Richard 1st Road, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 2FR
  • Telephone: 023 92 842850
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  • Department: School of Health Sciences and Social Work
  • Faculty: Science


Dr Matt Parker is a behavioural neuroscientist specializing in neurodevelopmental and neuropsychiatric disorders. He studied psychology (BSc, MSc, PhD) at the University of Southampton, completing his PhD in 2008, where he characterised neurocognitive phenotypes associated with stereotypic behaviour in horses. He then moved to the Royal Veterinary College in Hertfordshire, where he worked as a Research Associate studying the behaviour and physiology of animals in intensive farming systems. He joined Queen Mary University of London in 2011, where he worked in Dr Caroline Brennan’s laboratory on an NC3Rs grant developing behavioural assays to facilitate forward genetic screens for identification of novel alleles linked to drug seeking and vulnerability to drug abuse. In 2014, Dr Parker was appointed lecturer in Cell Biology and Developmental Genetics. In 2015, he joined the University of Portsmouth as a Lecturer in Human Physiology.

Teaching Responsibilities

Year 1:

Biological Cell and Systems Chemistry U21872
Applied Systems Human Biology U21873
Experimental Physiology U23941

Year 2:

Altered Physiology U21861



In my lab, we are interested in the biology of neurodevelopmental and neuropsychiatric disorder. In particular, our goal is to understand more about the interaction between molecular (genetic/epigenetic) and environmental (stress, toxins) factors that cause these conditions to manifest. Our approach is guided very much by the philosophy that understanding the biology of neuropsychiatric conditions will help develop more effective treatments for patients. For this reason, we adopt a translational approach, primarily using zebrafish as a model species. 


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