Professor Gavin Woodhall, Aston University
I have been working in the field of epilepsy research since the early 1990s. My laboratory focuses on how epilepsy gets started and then becomes established in the brain, a process we call epileptogenesis.
I started my career as a scientist with a degree in Biochemistry at Southampton University, before doing a PhD in Neuroscience with Professors Howard Wheal and John Chad, also at Southampton. I moved from there to study the hippocampus at the Université de Montréal, with the Prof Jean-Claude Lacaille. Following this, I moved to the University of Bristol to work on epilepsy in the entorhinal cortex (a bit of brain that is ‘around the corner’ from the hippocampus) with Professor Roland Jones. Finally, in 2004 I took up a lectureship at Aston University, where I have been ever since and where I now co-direct the Institute of Health and Neurodevelopment (IHN), run a degree course (in Neuroscience) and work in my lab.