Martin, Stephen


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Stephen Martin is a Discovery Fellow in Systems Medicine, with research interests aligned with the School of Medicine’s Neuroscience research theme. He completed a PhD in Neuroscience and postdoctoral research at the University of Edinburgh before joining the University of Dundee in 2013, first as manager of the newly created Behavioural Neuroscience Core Facility, and subsequently as a Discovery Fellow.


Stephen makes regular contributions to Biomedical Science BSc and Neuropharmacology and Behaviour BMSc teaching and research-project supervision. He is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


Stephen’s research focusses on the behavioural neuroscience and physiology of rodent cognition, with an emphasis on the cellular and synaptic mechanisms that regulate the storage of memories and their underlying changes in synaptic strength. He is currently using electrophysiological techniques to study the formation of associative memories that link environmental cues or actions with information about reward. This work is relevant to the mechanisms of both natural reward-based learning, as well as the processes underlying drug addiction and mood disorders.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Neuroscience, University of Edinburgh

Award Date: 1 Mar 1999

Bachelor of Arts, Natural Sciences, University of Cambridge

Award Date: 1 Jun 1992


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