Mr Daniel Ranson
I am an SSA funded PhD student at the University of East London, part of the Casalotti lab studying the molecular mechanisms of addiction like behaviours in the Drosophila melanogaster. My current works are focusing on the GABA-B receptor and the modulatory role it has on the development of tolerance and preference when in the presence of alcohol. Pharmacological interventions are used to target this receptor, and the change in addiction like behaviours are explored as a result. I am interested in molecular alcohol addiction pathways at present but am also very interested in seeing how my works to date could be used to target other addictive substances.
Daniel is qualified HCPC and IBMS registered Biomedical Scientist after graduating from the University of East London with a 1st class honour degree. After a brief period working in the Royal London Hospital, Daniel focussed and specialised in identifying the molecular mechanisms of alcohol related addicitve behaviours in the Drosophila melanogaster (fruit fly) by completing a Master of Research degree (MRes) at the University of East London. Daniel was generously awarded a PhD studentship from the Society for the Study of Addiction in 2017, and he is currently building upon his MRes work by undertaking a PhD under the supervison of Dr Stefano Casalotti. Daniel is focussing on contributing further to understanding the molecular mechanisms of alcohol related behaviours in the Drosophila melanogaster.