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Prof David Shepherd BSc, PhD, FRSB

Emeritus Professor

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Professor David Shepherd is a Emeritus Professor within Biological Sciences at the University of Southampton.

Professor David Shepherd joined the School of Biological Sciences in January 1991 as a lecturer in developmental biology. After serving as Head of Research Division and Head of the School of Biological Sciences David left Southampton in October 2009 to become Pro-Vice Chancellor (research) and Deputy Vice Chancellor at Bangor University. David returned to Southampton as Emeritus Professor in October 2021.

Career History

2009-2022: Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Janelia Research Campus, USA

2011-2019: Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Bangor University

2010-2016: Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research), Bangor University

2009-2010: Professor, School of Biological Sciences, Bangor University

1991-2009: School of Biological Sciences, University of Southampton

1987-1991: Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, University of Cambridge

1984-1987: Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, SUNY Albany, USA

1980-1984: Demonstrator in Medical Physiology, UMIST

Qualification History

1980-1984:  PhD Biochemistry. UMIST, UK

1977-1980: BSc Zoology, University of Manchester, UK

Research interests

Professor Shepherd has a long standing interest in understanding the developmental organisation of nervous systems. In recent years he has worked has focussed on the fruit fly Drosophila. In collaboration with Prof James Truman at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Janelia Research Campus he has traced the developmental origins of almost every neuron in the ventral nerve cord and created a library of molecular tools that can be used to manipulate the function of small and precisely defined sub-populations of neurons. Most recently he joined the Fly Connectome project which is uncovering the complete connectome of the adult fly brain.

Other Affiliated Research Groups

2009-2022: Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Janelia Research Campus, USA

2019—present: Drosophila Connectomics Group, University of Cambridge

Research group


Affiliate research group

Developmental Biology

2017- : Vice Chair of Board Carterfi Conwy CIC – a large Social enterprise providing affordable homes in north Wales

2021-: Director of Calon Homes – a newco building zero carbon homes

Prof David Shepherd
School of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Environmental and Life Sciences
Life Sciences Building 85
University of Southampton
Highfield Campus
SO17 1BJ

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