The Management Team
Prof Jo Neill has almost 30 years' experience in developing animal models of psychiatric diseases. She has been trained and employed in pharmaceutical industry and university environments in the UK and Europe.
She graduated from the University of Bath with a BSc in Pharmacology in 1986, followed by a PhD in Psychopharmacology from the University of Birmingham in 1990. She has experience of working in pharmaceutical companies including Merrell Dow in Strasbourg (1984-85), Merck Sharp and Dohme in Harlow (1986), and at the Mario Negri Istituto di Ricerche in Milan (1990).
Prof Neill has published over 80 articles in peer-reviewed journals, presents regularly at expert scientific meetings, contributes to expert panels, and is considered a leading expert in this field. She provides the scientific expertise core to the b-neuro business, leading the cognition testing service.
Dr Michael Harte has over 12 years' experience in the field of neuropharmacology, specialising in research relating to the characterisation of neurochemical pathways involved cognitive dysfunction.
He graduated from University College Dublin with a BSc in Physiology in 1999. He gained his PhD from University College Dublin (2003), for work utilising microdialysis to characterise pathways involved in cognitive function. He worked as a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Sheffield (2003–2005), and Queens University Belfast (2005–2008) on projects investigating neurochemical and pathological deficits in animal models of schizophrenia. He was appointed as a Lecturer in the School of Pharmacy at the University of Bradford in 2008.
Dr Harte provides the scientific expertise for the b-neuro neurochemical testing service.
Dr Ben Grayson is the laboratory manager for b-neuro. He has 20 years of behavioural expertise in neuropharmacology at the University of Bradford. Jo and Ben have worked together for 15 years. Ben received his MPhil at UoB in 2003, and successfully defended his PhD thesis in May 2012.
Dr Marianne Leger is a post-doctoral research associate at b-neuro. She graduated from the University of Caen Basse-Normandie, Caen, France in 2011 with a DPharm, and afterwards gained her PhD (2012) in Biomolecules, Pharmacology and Therapeutics at the same institution. Her work focussed on the neurobiological mechanisms involved in memory improvement induced by environmental enrichment in rodents.
Lisa Adamson is research technician in neuropharmacology at b-neuro. She graduated from the University of Manchester with a BSc (1st class hons) in Zoology in 2011, followed by an MRes in Integrative Biology in 2012. She is primarily responsible for training animals in behavioural tests, to assess the efficacy of novel compounds for cognitive dysfunction.
Chloe Piercy is research technician in neuropharmacology at b-neuro. She graduated from the University of Glasgow in the summer of 2012 with a BSc with Honours in Physiology. Her role primarily consists of conducting various behavioural tests in order to determine the efficacy of novel compounds along with some animal training and scientific writing.
Samuel Marsh is a research scientist at b-neuro. He has been working with b-neuro since graduating with a BSc in Pharmacology from the University of Bradford in 2010. b-neuro is sponsoring Sam's PhD project.