Darren Byrne

Darren Byrne

PhD Student


I did my BA in Psychology at the National University of Ireland, Galway. I went on to do an MA in Criminology and Criminal Justice at KCL before doing an MSc in Neuroscience at KCL. I secured a place on an MRC funded collaborative PhD studentship between the Department of Developmental Neurobiology and the MRC Centre for Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry at KCL.

I am undertaking my PhD with the Grubb Lab (DDN) and the Complex Disease Epigenetics Group (SGDP and University of Exeter) studying neuronal plasticity. I am investigating the activity-dependent changes in the functional properties and epigenetic modifications of neurons in response to sensory experience.

Selected publications:

Galliano E, Franzoni E, Breton M, Chand AN, Byrne DJ, Murthy VN, Grubb MS (2018) Embryonic and postnatal neurogenesis produce functionally distinct subclasses of dopaminergic neuron. Elife 7: e32373
Stone JM, Day F, Tsagaraki H, Valli I, McLean MA, Lythgoe DJ, O'Gorman RL, Barker GJ, McGuire PK, Valmaggia L, Hall D, Howes O, Winton-Brown T, Bhattacharyya S, Fusar-Poli P, Byrne M, Tabraham P (2009) Glutamate dysfunction in people with prodromal symptoms of psychosis: relationship to gray matter volume. Biol Psychiatry 66: 533-9