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Christian Thode

Christian Thode

Senior Lecturer

School of Science & Technology

Staff Group(s)


Dr Thode is a Senior Lecturer in Pharmacology, who teaches on several modules of undergraduate and postgraduate courses, including distance-learning (eLearning) programmes; his sessions mainly cover the subject areas of pharmacology, neuroscience, physiology and molecular biology. He regularly contributes to local and international outreach activities. His other academic responsibilities include:

  • Placements and Employability Convener for the Bioscience team
  • Module Leader of the undergraduate modules Pathophysiology and Pharmacology of Organ Systems and Neuroscience
  • HEA Mentor for colleagues applying to the Higher Education Academy for professional recognition

Career overview

  • 2007–present Senior Lecturer in Pharmacology, NTU
  • 2006–2007 CELS Lecturer, NTU
  • 2001–2006 Research Fellow in the group of Prof. Mark G. Darlison, NTU

Research areas

Dr Thode's scientific research activities are concerned with the mechanisms that underlie the processes of learning and memory, such as the acquisition and production of complex vocalisations in songbirds. Here, the focus is on the molecular characterisation of ligand-gated ion channels. Recently, he has extended his research to the in situ profiling of selected microRNAs in healthy and diseased brain tissues. In addition, Dr Thode carries pedagogic research for which he has established an international teaching collaboration.

External activity

Member of the following professional societies:

  • Neurowissenschaftliche Gesellschaft (German Neuroscience Society)
  • Federation of European Neuroscience Societies
  • Higher Education Academy, the national body for enhancing learning and teaching in higher education
  • ASET, the placement and employability professionals' body

Sponsors and collaborators

Current and recent research is being conducted with the collaboration, funding and/or support of:

  • Professor Arsenio Fernández López (University of León, Spain)


Molecular Pharmacology - From DNA to Drug Discovery. Dickenson J, Freeman F, Lloyd Mills C, Sivasubramaniam S and Thode C, 2013, Chichester, Wiley-Blackwell

Peer-assisted learning (PAL) enhancement of oral communication in bio-molecular sciences amongst multi-lingual post-graduates: A pilot study between a British and a Spanish university. López AF, Thode C, Sivasubramaniam SD, Berrnico G and Blanco RD, Se celebrará en Madrid la segunda edición del Congreso Internacional sobre Innovación, Aprendizaje y Competitividad (CINAIC), 2013, 192-197

Expression of the GABA(A) receptor gamma4-subunit gene in discrete nuclei within the zebra finch brain. Thode C, Güttinger HR and Darlison MG, Neuroscience, 2008, 157, 143-152

Consequences of the evolution of the GABAA receptor gene family. Darlison MG, Pahal I and Thode C, Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology, 2005, 25, 607-624

Early socio-emotional experience induces the expression of the immediate-early gene arg3.1/Arc (activity-regulated cytoskeleton-associated protein / activity-regulated gene) in learning-relevant brain regions of the newborn chick. Bock J, Thode C, Hannemann O, Braun K and Darlison MG, Neuroscience, 2005, 133, 625-633

The immediate-early gene zenk is expressed in the mediorostral neostriatum / hyperstriatum ventrale, a brain region involved in acoustic imprinting, and is up-regulated after exposure to an auditory stimulus. Thode C, Bock J, Braun K and Darlison MG, Neuroscience, 2004, 130, 611-617

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Press expertise

  • Song birds as models of learning and memory
  • Molecular processes involved in learning
  • Receptors for clinically-important drugs, such as benzodiazepines (e.g. valium) and barbiturates