Dr John Gigg

John has over 30 years' experience in the field of neuroscience, and specialises in the neurophysiology of the rodent hippocampal formation in vivo. He incorporates various cognitive tasks to measure object, spatial and episodic-like memory in rodents. The focus for these studies has been on both normal brain function and compromised networks in animal models of abnormal states, including Alzheimer's, schizophrenia and ADHD. Current projects in his lab include recording from the hippocampus in rats during cognitive tasks (in particular the scPCP model for schizophrenia) and the impact of psychedelics on brain function and behaviour.

He gained his PhD from the Open University, UK (1991), for work determining the electrophysiological correspondents of memory formation for passive avoidance learning in forebrain regions of the day-old chick (supervised by Prof Steven Rose). His postdoctoral positions have included fellowships at University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), Trinity College Dublin (Ireland) and the University of Newcastle (UK).

Dr Gigg is a Senior Lecturer in the Division of Neuroscience at the University of Manchester. He provides scientific expertise for the b-neuro in vivo electrophysiology and behavioural phenotyping services.