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Biography

  • 2018- Lecturer in Physiology & Pharmacology, School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences, University of Bradford
  • 2016-2018 Postdoctoral Research Associate, Faculty of Health and Medicine, University of Lancaster
  • 2014-2016 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, College of Pharmacy, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
  • 2011-2013 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, School of Biology, University of Leeds
  • 2007-2010 Doctoral thesis (DPhil), Molecular Neuropathology Group, University of Oxford
  • 2005-2007 Research Assistant, Molecular Neuropathology Group, University of Oxford
  • 2002-2005 Undergraduate degree, Medical Sciences, University of Birmingham

Research

I am interested in the mechanisms underpinning psychiatric and neurodevelopmental disorders. My most recent project was investigating the role of copy number variations (CNVs) at chromosome 16p11.2, and how these CNVs confer risk of schizophrenia and autism.
My previous projects include investigating the effect of prenatal stress on neurodevelopment and RNA editing, and examining the role of tyrosine hydroxylase in behavioural changes caused by Toxoplasma Gondii infection.

Publications

Peer Reviewed Journal
TitleSex differences in GABAergic gene expression occur in the anterior cingulate cortex in schizophrenia. (2015)
AuthorsBristow GC;Bostrom JA;Haroutunian V;Sodhi MS;
JournalSchizophrenia Research
DOI10.1016/j.schres.2015.01.025
 
TitleToxoplasma gondii infection, from predation to schizophrenia: can animal behaviour help us understand human behaviour? (2013)
AuthorsWebster JP;Kaushik M;Bristow GC;McConkey GA;
JournalJournal of Experimental Biology
DOI10.1242/jeb.074716
 
TitleToxoplasma gondii infection and behaviour - location, location, location? (2013)
AuthorsMcConkey GA;Martin HL;Bristow GC;Webster JP;
JournalJournal of Experimental Biology
DOI10.1242/jeb.074153
 
TitleExpression of kinase interacting with stathmin (KIS, UHMK1) in human brain and lymphoblasts: Effects of schizophrenia and genotype. (2009)
AuthorsBristow GC;Lane TA;Walker M;Chen L;Sei Y;Hyde TM;Kleinman JE;Harrison PJ;Eastwood SL;
JournalJournal of Brain Research
DOI10.1016/j.brainres.2009.08.090
 
TitleMemory impairment in young women at increased risk of depression: influence of cortisol and 5-HTT genotype. (2009)
AuthorsMannie ZN;Barnes J;Bristow GC;Harmer CJ;Cowen PJ;
JournalPsychological Medicine
DOI10.1017/S0033291708004248
 
TitleImpaired emotional categorisation in young people at increased familial risk of depression. (2007)
AuthorsMannie ZN;Bristow GC;Harmer CJ;Cowen PJ;
JournalNeuropsychologia
DOI10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2007.05.016