Department: Comparative Biomedical Sciences

Campus: Camden

Research Groups: Musculoskeletal Biology

Neil is a Post-Doctoral Research Assistant, working with Dr Chavaunne Thorpe to investigate tendon cell populations.

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Neil graduated with a BSc (Hons) degree in Genetics from the University of Liverpool in 2015. Following his undergraduate studies, he completed a partially funded MRC-Arthritis Research UK Master of Research degree in Musculoskeletal Ageing in 2016 from the Centre for Integrated research into Musculoskeletal Ageing (Institute of Ageing and Chronic Disease, University of Liverpool).

Neil completed his PhD in Tendon Cell Biology at the RVC in 2022, under the supervision of Dr Chavaunne Thorpe, Dr Jayesh Dudhia and Professor Andrew Pitsillides. His PhD was funded by the RVC's Mellon Fund for Equine Research.

Neil is currently undertaking Post-Doctoral Research with Dr Chavaunne Thorpe, continuing his work on understanding interfascicular tendon cell populations in a rodent tendon injury model.

Neil is a committee member of the Researcher Association which represents research staff across the college at all levels.


Neil's Post-Doctoral Research with Dr Chavaunne Thorpe (Versus Arthritis) aims to understand the role of interfascicular tendon cells in response to injury using rodent models. He is also using drug interventions to understand how tendon healing can be enhanced using molecular targets.

Furthermore, Neil is utilising 3D printing to establish bioreactor solutions for the study of tendon in vitro, and single-cell OMICs to understand tendon cell dynamics. This work aims to inform organ-on-a-chip design and implementation for the study of tendon.

Neil is funded by Versus Arthritis.

Restraint upon Embryonic Metatarsal Ex Vivo Growth by Hydrogel Reveals Interaction between Quasi-Static Load and the mTOR Pathway

DOI: 10.3390/ijms222413220

CD146 Delineates an Interfascicular Cell Sub-Population in Tendon That Is Recruited during Injury through Its Ligand Laminin-α4
DOI: 10.3390/ijms22189729

Microdamage in the equine superficial digital flexor tendon

DOI: 10.1111/evj.13331

Bimodal Whole-Mount Imaging of Tendon Using Confocal Microscopy and X-ray Micro-Computed Tomography

DOI: 10.1186/s12575-020-00126-4

He is also committed to public engagement, taking part in RVC events such as annual Biosciences Summer Schools.

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