United Kingdom Research and Innovation, Medical Research Council and King's College London
Cathy Fernandes, Professor of Preclinical Models of Neurodevelopmental Disorders – Centre for Neurodevelopmental Disorders
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Cathy Fernandes

Professor of Preclinical Models of Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Research overview

I am a behavioural geneticist with more than 30 years’ experience working with rodent models of behaviour, pharmacology and genetics. I originally trained as a psychopharmacologist working on rodent models of behaviour and mechanisms of drug dependence. I currently lead the ‘Preclinical Models of Neurodevelopmental Disorders’ group at the SGDP Centre (IoPPN) investigating the contribution of genetic and environmental mechanisms to a range of neurodevelopmental (schizophrenia, attention deficient hyperactivity disorder and autism) and psychiatric disorders (anxiety, depression).  In addition to studying the role of genes in behaviour, I also have a particular interest in the interaction of genes with early life stressful environments and drug exposure.

I bring expertise in the assessment of mouse behaviour and access to behavioural testing facilities and equipment established at the Denmark Hill campus.

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Selected Publications

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