Dr Hannah Critchlow

Hannah Critchlow

University position

Neuroscience public engagement


Department of Politics





Home page

https://hannahcritchlow.com (personal home page)

Research Themes

Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience

Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience


Hannah is an internationally-acclaimed neuroscientist with a background in neuropsychiatry. Best known for demystifying the human brain on regular radio, TV and festival platforms.

She regularly appears on the BBC TV and Radio, most recently as Science Presenter in Family Brain Games with Dara Ó Briain. Her book on Consciousness: A Ladybird Expert Guide, was published with Penguin in 2018, whilst The Science of Fate, published with Hodder in May, 2019, made The Sunday Times Bestseller list.

In 2019 Hannah was named by Nature as one of Cambridge University's 'Rising Stars in Life Sciences'. She was recognised as a 'Top 100 UK scientist' by the Science Council in 2014 and one of Cambridge University's most ‘inspirational and successful women in science’. Hannah’s choice of career stemmed from working as a Nursing Assistant at St Andrews Psychiatric Hospital.

Hannah is available for consultancy work.

Research Focus


public engagement



Clinical conditions

No direct clinical relevance


Neuroscience public engagement activities, Radio, TV, Live events



Dervila Glynn

Trevor Robbins

Barbara Sahakian

Associated News Items

Key publications

Critchlow, HM (2019), “The Science of Fate” Hodder

Critchlow HM (2018), “Consciousness: A Ladybird Expert Guide” Penguin

Critchlow HM, Herrington P, Gunton S (2012), “Inside an unquiet mind. Music and science join forces to explore mental ill health.” EMBO Rep Details

Robbins MJ, Critchlow HM, Lloyd A, Cilia J, Clarke JD, Bond B, Jones DN, Maycox PR (2008), “Differential expression of IEG mRNA in rat brain following acute treatment with clozapine or haloperidol: a semi-quantitative RT-PCR study.” J Psychopharmacol 22(5):536-42 Details

Critchlow HM, Maycox PR, Skepper JN, Krylova O (2006), “Clozapine and haloperidol differentially regulate dendritic spine formation and synaptogenesis in rat hippocampal neurons” Mol Cell Neurosci 32(4):356-65 Details

Critchlow HM, Payne A, Griffin DK (2004), “Genes and proteins involved in the control of meiosis” Cytogenet Genome Res 105(1):4-10 Details