Dr Clare Tweedy
I achieved a PhD in Neuroscience from Newcastle, where I explored hippocampal network dysfunction in models of alpha-synucleinopathy. I then moved to Leeds in 2018 to work as a Research Fellow in Neuroscience, exploring changes in cognition and anxiety with ageing. I now lead the BSc Neuroscience programme and its variants, along with teaching on undergraduate modules in Neuroscience.
Areas for student projects
I offer a range of non-laboratory based Capstone projects on topics ranging from dementia to depression. I have a broad interest in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of psychiatric and neurological disorders.
Some of my current areas of interest include:
- The use of psychedelics to treat psychiatric and neurological disorders
- Excitatory/inhibitory network imbalance in psychiatric and neurological disorders
- Mitochondrial dysfunction in psychiatric and neurological disorders
My scholarship interests include active learning in large-class settings and creating a Neuroscience community through sense of belonging work. I am currently working part-time towards completion of the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP) at the University of Leeds (2022-23).
Awards and commendations
- Faculty Partnership Award for Inspirational Teaching (University of Leeds, 2023)
- Following on from the Faculty-level award, short-listed for the University-level Partnership Award for Inspirational Teaching (2023)
- School Partnership Award for Inspirational Teaching (University of Leeds, 2022)
- Faculty Insights Public Lecture Prize (Newcastle University, 2016)
- Programme Leader (Neuroscience)
- Module Manager
- First Aider
- PhD Neuroscience, Newcastle University (2014 - 2019)
- MRes Neuroscience, Distinction, Newcastle University (2013 - 2014)
- BSc Biomedical Sciences, First, Newcastle University (2010 - 2013)
- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2023)
- British Neuroscience Association (2016 - present)
- Physiological Society (2019 - present)
Research groups and institutes