Dr Peter Moult
- Lecturer (Life Sciences Human Life Sciences)
- Associate (Institute of Neuroscience & Psychology)
After graduating with a BSc (Hons) in Pharmacology from the University of Aberdeen I went on to graduate with a PhD from the University of Bristol, researching metabotropic glutamate receptor dependent synaptic plasticity. From there I completed successive post-doctoral research positions at the MRC center for Synaptic Plasticity (University of Bristol), University of Dundee and University of St. Andrews before securing a lectureship in Biomedical Science at Abertay University. Here I developed the teaching side of my career, recognized through Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. More recently I moved to the University of Glasgow to take up a lectureship in neuroscience.
My research background is in synaptic plasticity, neuromodulation, neuromuscular ageing and locomotor network modulation. The nervous system is made up of billions of nerve cells (neurons) making up complex networks and pathways that control almost every function in every part of the body. Contrary to the classical text book picture of neurons and neural networks, they are highly dynamic, highly plastic and undergo both structural and biochemical changes during both their physiological and pathophysiological processes. My research to date has focused on understanding the cellular mechanisms of such changes in order to better understand neuronal and network function. This understanding has applications to spinal cord injury, neuromuscular ageing, learning and memory and neurodegenerative disorders. My most recent work involved using a range of techniques including neuronal cell culture, electrophysiology, immunocytochemistry, and atomic force microscopy to investigate both the mechanisms of modulation of spinal cord neurons and networks and how these changes affect locomotor output. I also have ongoing projects investigating neuromuscular ageing and plasticity of the neuromuscular junction – the interface between the nervous system and skeletomuscular system.
I have a passion for teaching biological sciences and in particular neuroscience. I have strong interests in research and development of online methods of teaching and assessment, specifically in the areas of experimental design and blended practical delivery. I’m a strong believer in facilitating engagement through technology enabled processes, maximizing opportunity for higher level learning. As such I seek to develop a more blended approach to science delivery within my own practice and to promote its use more widely.
- - present: Plos One - Reviewer
- - present: Bioscience Horizons - Reviewer
- - present: Nature Communications - Reviewer
- - present: Medical Research Foundation - Reviewer of grants
- - present: Neuropharmacology (Elsevier) - Reviewer
- - present: Journal of Neurochemistry - Reviewer
- - present: Higher Education Academy