Dr Benjamin Pickard

Senior Lecturer

Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences

Personal statement

Ben Pickard obtained a BSc in Biochemistry from Imperial College London (1992), and a PhD from the University of Edinburgh (1996). Before coming to the University of Strathclyde, he worked at the Babraham Institute, Cambridge on factors regulating DNA methylation, and at the Molecular Medicine Centre, Edinburgh, identifying genetic risk factors for common psychiatric illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and major depression.


Genes associated with amyloid-beta-induced inflammasome-mediated neuronal death identified using functional gene trap mutagenesis approach
Yap Jeremy Kean Yi, Pickard Benjamin Simon, Gan Sook Yee, Chan Elaine Wan Ling
International Journal of Biochemistry and Cell Biology Vol 136 (2021)
The role of neuronal NLRP1 inflammasome in Alzheimer's disease : bringing neurons into the neuroinflammation game
Yap Jeremy Kean Yi, Pickard Benjamin Simon, Chan Elaine Wan Ling, Gan Sook Yee
Molecular Neurobiology Vol 56, pp. 7741-7753 (2019)
PEGylation of polypropylenimine dendrimers : effects on cytotoxicity, DNA condensation, gene delivery and expression in cancer cells
Somani Sukrut, Laskar Partha, Altwaijry Najla, Kewcharoenvong Paphitchaya, Irving Craig, Robb Gillian, Pickard Benjamin S, Dufès Christine
Scientific Reports Vol 8 (2018)
Specialised information processing deficits and distinct metabolomic profiles following TM-domain disruption of Nrg1
O'Tuathaigh Colm M P, Mathur Naina, O'Callaghan Matthew J, MacIntyre Lynsey, Harvey Richard, Lai Donna, Waddington John L, Pickard Benjamin S, Watson David G, Moran Paula M
Schizophrenia Bulletin Vol 43, pp. 1100–1113 (2017)
Genomics of lithium action and response
Pickard Benjamin S
Neurotherapeutics Vol 14, pp. 582-587 (2017)
Brain changing tubers : gene expression changes following mediaeval tuber consumption
Woods N, Gebril A, Simpson Ann, Iannetta Ppm, Kenicer G, Tate R J, Pickard B, Gray A I, Ferro V A
Planta Medica Vol 81, pp. S1-S381 (2016)

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  • Director of Postgraduate (Taught) Programmes: oversight of MSc courses
  • Course Director: new MSc Global Public Health
  • Deputy, undergraduate Biomedical Sciences student-staff committee
  • Teaching/class co-ordination across Biomedical Science classes: BM101, 102, 104, 305, 407, 410 (genetics, genomics, human disease, clinical biochemistry, neurdegeneration
  • Teching on MSc Generic Skills: MP931 (Bioethics)
  • Personal Development Advisor
  • Internal/external examiner PhD theses
  • External examiner MSc Neuroscience, UCL, (2013-2015)

Certificates of Recognition in University of Strathclyde Student Union Teaching Excellence Awards: 2012, 2013, 2014.

Research interests

  • The role of the NPAS3 and ABCA13 genes in psychiatric illness
  • Metabolomic markers of mental illness
  • A novel stem cell type, and it potential use in research and therapeutics
  • A new gene trap-based mutation screening methodology to identify genes participating in specific aspects of cell function or response to drug treatment.
  • Functional genetics of neuroinflammation and pathogen infection
  • Oxidative stress biology
  • Telomere manipulation to produce new cell lines for research
  • Environmental factors influencing epigenetic marks on the genome


Development of a long-lifetime dye for gated-STED microscopy
Edkins, Robert (Principal Investigator) Pickard, Ben (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 31-Jan-2021
Biomedical Vacation Scholarships
Coats, Paul (Principal Investigator) Jiang, Hui-Rong (Principal Investigator) Lawrence, Catherine (Principal Investigator) McDonald, James (Principal Investigator) Pickard, Ben (Principal Investigator)
09-Jan-2018 - 31-Jan-2018
Biomedical Vacation Scholarships / R180191-5
Pickard, Ben (Principal Investigator)
02-Jan-2018 - 17-Jan-2018
Pharmacells contribution to IAA Secondment
Carswell, Hilary (Principal Investigator) Pickard, Ben (Co-investigator) McKittrick, Craig (Research Co-investigator)
25-Jan-2016 - 31-Jan-2017
Development of novel gene delivery systems for brain targeting by intravenous administration
Dufès, Christine (Principal Investigator) Pickard, Ben (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2016 - 30-Jan-2019
Development of starting materials for cell-based treatments (project plan for SMART grant)
Carswell, Hilary (Principal Investigator) Carter, Katharine (Co-investigator) Currie, Susan (Co-investigator) Pickard, Ben (Co-investigator) Williams, Roderick (Co-investigator) McKittrick, Craig (Researcher)
01-Jan-2015 - 31-Jan-2016

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Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences
Hamnett Wing

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