School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences


Dr Jerome Swinny

  • Qualifications: BSc Pharmacy, PhD
  • Role Title: Reader in Neuropharmacology
  • Address: School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, University of Portsmouth, St Michael's Building, White Swan Road, Portsmouth, PO1 2DT
  • Telephone: 023 9284 2076
  • Email:
  • Department: School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences
  • Faculty: Faculty of Science


I graduated with BSc Pharmacy and MSc Pharmacology degrees from the University Of Kwazulu Natal South Africa. I then went on to obtain a PhD from the University of Groningen, The Netherlands. Following postdoctoral training with Rita Valentino, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Peter Somogyi, University of Oxford, I was appointed to my current position in 2009.

For more information about my research please visit my lab page

Teaching Responsibilities

Group Leader of the Neurochemical Anatomy & Psychopharmacology Group.

Unit coordinator & Lecturer: Introduction to Neuroscience and Pharmacology (Level 1) Lecturer:

  • Neuropharmacology (Levels 2,3,4)
  • Psychopharmacology (Levels 3,4)
  • Neuroendocrine pharmacology (Levels 3,4)
  • Pharmacokinetics (Level 2)
  • Key Skills (Level 1 personal tutorial program)

Supervision of BSc Pharmacology, MPharm and MSc research projects


Group Leader of the Neurochemical Anatomy & Psychopharmacology Group.

Area of focus:

  • Expression and functional plasticity of excitatory and inhibitory neurotransmitters in the central and peripheral nervous in response to psychosocial stress


  • Immunohistochemistry using confocal and transmission electron microscopy
  • Patch clamp electrophysiology using acute brain slices
  • Animal models of behaviour
  • Molecular biology (western blotting; qRT-PCR)

Research Facilities

  • Histology suite
  • Microscopy suite
  • Electrophysiology rigs: 2 x Patch Clamp (1x brain slice; 1 x cell culture) 1 x Two electrode voltage clamp

Animal behavioural analysis suite complete with automated animal tracking system


Research profile

Explore my research profile, publications and activities on the Portsmouth Research Portal

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