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Dr McHugh completed his PhD in Antidepressant Pharmacogenomics in 2006, which was followed by postdoctoral work in the University of Otago’s Department of Pathology. Dr McHugh then worked as a Research Fellow in the University of Otago’s Carney Centre for Pharmacogenomics and the University of Bath’s Department of Biochemistry. In late 2011 Dr McHugh joined the University of Huddersfield as a Senior Research Fellow in the School of Applied Science’s Department of Pharmacy, with subsequent positions as Senior Lecturer and Assoc Prof/Reader in 2014 and 2016 respectively. Dr McHugh’s group focuses predominantly in the key biomedical research areas of biomarker discovery, which encompasses several diseases/conditions including neurological & neurodegenerative disorders.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

Research Expertise and Interests

  • PCR
  • Cell Culture
  • Imminohistochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics
  • Proteins
  • Neurobiology
  • Neurodegenerative Diseases
  • Neurodegeneration
  • Neurological Diseases
  • Neurobiology and Brain Psychology
  • Neuropharmacology
  • Real-Time PCR
  • Cellular Neuroscience
  • Neuroprotection
  • Brain Diseases
  • Pharmacy
  • Neuroinflammation
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Neurological Disorders
  • Microarray Analysis
  • Neuron Culture
  • Protein Folding
  • Molecular Neurobiology
  • Neurobiochemistry
  • Neurochemistry
  • Neurogenesis
  • Neuronal Differentiation
  • Aggregation
  • Biology of Aging
  • Protein Misfolding
  • Tauopathies
  • Prion Diseases
  • Prion Protein
  • Beta Amyloid
  • Alpha-Synuclein
  • The development of disease biomarkers
  • The mechanism of action of CNS drugs
  • The aetiology of CNS disease


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