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Dr James C Dillon MBioSci, PhD

Teaching Fellow in Biomedical Sciences

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Dr James Dillon is a Teaching Fellow within Biological Sciences at the University of Southampton and the technical director of the Neurivo Impact Unit.

Career History

2015-present: Technical Director, Neurivo Impact Unit.
2011-present: Teaching Fellow in Biomedical Sciences. University of Southampton, UK.
2006-2011: Research Fellow in Neuropharmacology. University of Southampton, UK.
2005-2006: Research Fellow in Development. University of Southampton, UK.

Academic Qualifications

2002-2005: PhD Invertebrate Neuropharmacology. University of Southampton,UK.
1998-2002: MBioSci Biomedical Sciences. University of Southampton, UK

Research interests

My interests involve understanding the molecular basis of complex neuropsychiatric conditions. In particular I am interested in understanding how changes in synaptic signalling within the nervous system contribute to conditions such as autism, addiction and chronic pain. To address this question my research combines pharmacological, electrohysiological and molecular genetic approaches with the model organism C. elegans and has involved interdisciplinary collaborations with engineering and computer sciences at the University of Southampton. My research has provided insight into the role of glutamatergic and insulin signalling in the co-ordination of context-dependent behaviour and insight into the molecular substrates of neuroadaptation that underpin behavioural plasticity in response to chronic alcohol. 

Research group

Biomedical Sciences

Affiliate research group

Southampton Neuroscience Group (SoNG)

Research project(s)

Modelling decision making in C. elegans to understand neural mechanisms of major psychiatric disorders

Genetic differences have been identified in individuals with autism and schizophrenia. Here we are using the model organism C. elegans to investigate how these genetic differences bring about changes in the function of neural circuits.


BIOL2014 Neuroscience
BIOL2013 Bioinformatics and DNA Technology
UOSM2016 Human Brain and Society


BIOL2016 Pharmacology A
BIOL2017 Pharmacology B
BIOL3025 Neuropharmacology of CNS Disorders
BIOL1013 Integrative Mammalian Physiology
BIOL2014 Neuroscience
BIOL2013 Bioinformatics and DNA Technology


BIOL3059 Bioscience Education


BIOL3034 Laboratory Project
MEDI1031 Foundations of Medicine
MEDI2046 Nervous and Locomotor 2

2013-present: Microelectrode Techniques for Cell Physiology, The Marine Biological Association, Plymouth, UK. Demonstration of the use of optogentics to probe the neural basis of behavioural plasticity.

Dr Dillon is the Technical Director of the Neurivo Impact Unit. Neurivo is an academic collaboration between neuroscientists in Biological Sciences and engineers in the Institute For Life Sciences at the University of Southampton. Neurivo provides expertise for collaboration with industry in the agrochemical, animal health and pharmaceutical sectors.

Dr James C Dillon
School of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Environmental and Life Sciences
Life Sciences Building 85
University of Southampton
Highfield Campus
SO17 1BJ

Room Number : 85/3041

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