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Academic Biography

Dr. Ahmad Khundakar is a Senior Lecturer at Teesside University and Associate Lecturer at the Institute of Neuroscience, Newcastle University. He has a broad base of expertise in biomedical science and neuroscience and has published and presented extensively in neuropharmacology and neuropathology.

Learning and Teaching Interests and Activities

Dr. Khundakar currently leads the BSc (hons) Biomedical Science programme and teaches in pathology, pharmacology and neuroscience. He is a Fellow of the Institute for Biomedical Science and the Higher Education Academy. 

Summary of Research Interests

Dr. Khundakar's research mainly involves investigating the molecular and pathological mechanisms behind neurodegerative illnesses, such as Alzheimer’s disease (AD), dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) and Parkinson's disease (PD), as well as depression. 

Dr. Khundakar previously supervised a National Institute for Health Research-funded laboratory-based PhD project examining the role of the thalamus in visual hallucinations in DLB and is currently co-supervisor of a laboratory-based Alzheimer's Society-funded Doctoral Training Centre PhD project. He also has expertise in neuropharmacology, with his PhD focusing on the mechanisms of action of antidepressant drugs in the hippocampus.

Based at the National Horizons Centre, Darlington, Dr. Khundakar's current research aims to identify key post-translation modifications in the pathological hallmarks of proteinopathies, such as AD, DLB and PD, using Raman microscopy, immunohistochemistry, liquid chromatography mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS), enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) and immunoblot techniques. 

Research Projects & External Funding

Co-investigator. 2015–2019. ‘Understanding the basis and interaction of non-cognitive and cognitive symptoms in dementia with Lewy bodies’. Alzheimer’s Society Doctoral Training Centre Grant. £350,000. Applicants: Thomas AJ, Morris CM, Attems JA, Khundakar AA, Taylor JP, Rochester L, LeBeau F, Blamire A, Galna B, Gallacher P.

External Research Collaborations

Dr. Khundakar is part of the Neurodegenerative Pathology Research Group at Newcastle University.

https://research.ncl.ac.uk/ndprg/

External Roles and Professional Activities

Associate Editor 'Frontiers in Psychiatry' 

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