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Alex Paterson



I graduated in 2014 with a BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry at the University of Surrey. The course granted me my first exposure to research through my intercalated ERASMUS year in Barcelona (Universitat Pompeu Fabra). The year was spent in Prof. Rafael Maldonado’s Neuropharmacology lab assessing the effects of ∆9-THC on memory impairments in vivo, one of the primary phytocannabinoids in cannabis. This experience in Spain was invaluable in shaping my interest in research and after my undergraduate studies in neuroscience, I knew the elucidating role of the brain was where I wished to apply this research. My decision to enrol on a MSc Molecular Neuroscience here in Bristol (2014 – 2015) cemented these aspirations.


In 2015, I was awarded MRC funding for my PhD research topic of “identifying novel biomarkers for neurogenic hypertension”. More specifically, I am looking towards rat models of hypertension, including the Spontaneously Hypertensive Rat, to shed light  on transcriptomic changes that take place prior to the onset of genetic hypertension. These insights will be pursued centrally to assess how any viable biomarkers can fit into a mechanistic model of neurogenic hypertension.


My research involves a balance of high-throughput transcriptomics, and molecular characterisation of biomarker candidates. This has allowed me to become proficient in a range of bioinformatic and “wet” laboratory techniques. Due to my bioinformatic role within the lab, I have been fortunate to work closely with the rest of the group on a diverse range of projects.


Outside of my studies my passions include; long walks on the beach and getting caught in the rain.


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