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Dr David A Menassa MA, MPhil, DPhil

Research Fellow in Neuroimmunology (Leverhulme Trust), 'Stipendiary Lecturer of Neurophysiology and Neuroscience, the Queen's College, University of Oxford

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David obtained his B.Sc. in Biological and Earth Sciences at the Université Saint Joseph in Beirut in 2006. Following a brief spell in Paris, he completed his M.Sc. in Applied Physiology at the University of Oxford followed by an M. Phil. in Bioenergetics at the University of Cambridge. In 2009, he was awarded a Clarendon scholarship to pursue his D.Phil. (Ph.D.) studies in Clinical Neurology at the University of Oxford.

Career History

2016-2017: Retained Lecturer in Neurophysiology, Wadham College, University of Oxford, UK.
2015-2017: Postdoctoral Research Scientist in Neuroimmunology, University of Oxford, UK.
2014-2015: Postdoctoral Research Scientist in Neurobiology, University of Bristol, UK.
2009-2014: D.Phil. in Clinical Neurology, University College, University of Oxford, UK.
2008-2009: M.Phil. in Bioenergetics, Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge, UK.
2006-2008: M.Sc. in Applied Physiology, Wolfson College, University of Oxford, UK
2002-2006: B.Sc. in Biological and Earth Sciences, Université Saint Joseph, Lebanon.




Research interests

Since 2014, he has held two postdoctoral appointments at the Universities of Bristol and Oxford and investigated the role of maternal factors, which can alter synaptic wiring in the offspring and increase the incidence of neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism spectrum disorders, mental retardation and schizophrenia. More importantly, whether these maternal factors could be blocked would be pivotal for potentially rescuing the clinical phenotype. David joined the Gomez-Nicola laboratory in 2017 and is investigating microglial dynamics during development in the rodent and human brain funded by a Leverhulme Trust research grant.


Dr Mark Chapman (Southampton)
Professor James Nicoll (Southampton)
Dr. Thomas Jacques (UCL)
Professor Olaf Ansorge (Oxford)
Dr. Kieren Allinson (Cambridge)
Dr. Istvan Adorjan (Semmelweis)

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Dr David A Menassa
School of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Environmental and Life Sciences
Life Sciences Building 85
University of Southampton
Highfield Campus
SO17 1BJ

Room Number: SGH/LD62

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