Dr Paul Morris


I study the mechanisms of neuronal and network behaviour, focusing on receptors and ion channels.

Following my PhD in NMDA receptor function and regulation in midbrain dopaminergic neurons at Cambridge (under Dr. Sue Jones), I worked at the University of Bristol characterising medullary central pattern generators (CPGs) for replication in hardware (Prof. Julian Paton). Along with the Nogaret physics group at the University of Bath, we recently developed low power solid-state neurons which will be implemented as an artificial CPG in an EU-funded adaptive cardiorespiratory pacemaker. I currently hold visiting research fellow status at Bath to facilitate further collaboration into electrophysiological /computational characterisation of neuronal function and ion channel activity.

My current project, with Professor Allan Herbison, explores the mechanisms underlying neuronal pulsatility and synchronisation in the mediobasal hypothalamus, relating to gonadotropic hormone release.

Research Focus


Receptors and channels



Neuronal models

Solid-state neurons

Clinical conditions

Cardiovascular disease

Hormonal disorders

Parkinson's disease


Calcium imaging

Computational modelling

Electrophysiological recording techniques

Fluorescence microscopy

Intracellular recording

Whole cell patch clamp


United Kingdom

Alain Nogaret Web: https://researchportal.bath.ac.uk/en/pers...

Associated News Items



    Abu-Hassan K, Taylor JD, Morris PG, Donati E, Bortolotto ZA, Indiveri G, Paton JFR, Nogaret A (2019), “Optimal solid state neurons” Nat Commun Dec 3;10(1):5309


    Morris PG, Mishina M, Jones S (2018), “Altered Synaptic and Extrasynaptic NMDA Receptor Properties in Substantia Nigra Dopaminergic Neurons From Mice Lacking the GluN2D Subunit” Front Cell Neurosci Oct 11;12:354


    Roberts GC, Morris PG, Moss MA, Maltby SL, Palmer CA, Nash CE, Smart E, Holliday DL, Speirs V (2016), “An Evaluation of Matrix-Containing and Humanised Matrix-Free 3-Dimensional Cell Culture Systems for Studying Breast Cancer” PLoS One Jun 14;11(6):e0157004

    Yeo SH, Kyle V, Morris PG, Jackman S, Sinnett-Smith LC, Schacker M, Chen C, Colledge WH (2016), “Visualisation of Kiss1 Neurone Distribution Using a Kiss1-CRE Transgenic Mouse” J Neuroendocrinol Nov;28(11)


    Wild AR, Bollands M, Morris PG, Jones S (2015), “Mechanisms regulating spill-over of synaptic glutamate to extrasynaptic NMDA receptors in mouse substantia nigra dopaminergic neurons” Eur J Neurosci Nov;42(9):2633-43