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Dr Ben 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.


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)
The EpiTect Methyl qPCR Assay as novel age estimation method in forensic biology
Mawlood Shakhawan K., Dennany Lynn, Watson Nigel, Pickard Benjamin S.
Forensic Science International Vol 264, pp. 132-138, (2016)
Metabolomic Profiling of Post-Mortem Brain Reveals Changes in Amino Acid and Glucose Metabolism in Mental Illness Compared with Controls
Zhang Rong, Zhang Tong, Ali Ali Muhsen, Al Washih Mohammed, Pickard Benjamin, Watson David G.
Computational and Structural Biotechnology Journal Vol 14, pp. 106-116, (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


Biomedical Vacation Scholarships / R180191-5
Pickard, Benjamin (Principal Investigator)
Period 02-Jul-2018 - 17-Aug-2018
Biomedical Vacation Scholarships
Coats, Paul (Principal Investigator) Jiang, Hui-Rong (Principal Investigator) Lawrence, Catherine (Principal Investigator) McDonald, James (Principal Investigator) Pickard, Benjamin (Principal Investigator)
Period 09-Jul-2018 - 31-Aug-2018
Pharmacells contribution to IAA Secondment
Carswell, Hilary (Principal Investigator) Pickard, Benjamin (Co-investigator)
Period 25-Jun-2016 - 31-Mar-2017
BB/J013854/1 BBSRC DPT Studentships (with Glasgow University) | Ireland, Liam
Plevin, Robin (Principal Investigator) Pickard, Benjamin (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2014 - 01-Oct-2017
BB/J013854/1 BBSRC DPT Studentships (with Glasgow University) | Fullerton, Josephine Linda
Winn, Philip (Principal Investigator) Pickard, Benjamin (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2012 - 31-Mar-2017
Development of novel gene delivery systems for brain targeting by intravenous administration
Dufes, Christine (Principal Investigator) Pickard, Benjamin (Co-investigator)
Period 01-May-2016 - 30-Apr-2019

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