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Mr Liam Barry-Carroll PhD, BA (Mod) in Physiology

Postgraduate Research Student in Neuroscience

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Liam is a Postgraduate Research Student in the DGN research group. The aim of his PhD project is to investigate the use of fluorescent labels to track microglia in developing and ageing mice, in order to get a better understanding of microglial cell dynamics.

Academic qualifications:

Oct 2017-Present: PhD student in University of Southampton, UK.
Sept 2013-May 2017: BA (mod) in physiology at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.


Research interests

I am very interested in studying how inflammation can contribute to brain dysfunction.  Currently, my research is focused on investigating how microglia populate the brain and maintain cell numbers. Another aspect of my research is to understand how this changes in cases of neurodegeneration.

I recently carried out a research project at the Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience supervised by Professor Marina Lynch. The project investigated the responsiveness of monocyte-derived macrophages between two groups of elderly individuals, a control group and a group presenting with a mild memory deficit, to the NLRP3 activating stimuli LPS and AB.

Going forward I would like to gain a better understanding of the roles that microglia play in neurodegenerative diseases.

PhD Supervisor: Dr Diego Gomez-Nicola

PhD Research Title: Understanding microglial dynamics in the healthy and ageing brain.

Phd Funding: The Leverhulme Trust

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Affiliate research groups

Institute for Life Sciences (IfLS) , Southampton Neuroscience Group (SoNG)

Mr Liam Barry-Carroll
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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