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Dr Nicola McIntyre

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Dr Nicola McIntyre  

Current roles and appointments

  • Staff tutor: School of Life, Health and Chemical Sciences
  • Module team chair (SD329)
  • Nations staff tutor (Ireland)
  • Member of STEM teaching committee
  • STEM ambassador


PhD: Neuroscience, University of Bristol (1999)

BSc Hons:  Pharmacology, University of Glasgow (1993)

Research interests


Research interests:

My PhD and post-doctoral research focused on the cellular mechanisms underlying synaptic plasticity in the brain. These are the changes which take place in the brain during development and as a result of learning and forming memories.  I was particularly interested in the hippocampus which is responsible for spatial memory and the amygdala which is important for fear-based memory.


McIntyre, N and Thomson, L.A. (2019) “Implementing Maths Support for Health Science Students” In Advance HE STEM conference proceedings, 30-31 January 2019, Birmingham, U

Garden, Derek L. F. ; Kemp, Nicola ; Bashir, Zafar I.(2002) “Differences in GABAergic transmission between two inputs into the perirhinal cortex”, European Journal of Neuroscience, Vol.16(3), pp.437-444

Kemp, N and Bashir, Z.I. (2001),  “Long-term depression: a cascade of induction and expression mechanismsProgress in Neurobiology, Vol.65(4), pp.339-365

Kemp, N.,  Mcqueen, J.,  Faulkes, S.,  Bashir, Z.I.  (2000) “Different forms of LTD in the CA1 region of the hippocampus: role of age and stimulus protocol”  European Journal of Neuroscience, Vol.12(1), pp.360-366

K. Cho ; N. Kemp ; J. Noel ; J. P. Aggleton ; M. W. Brown ; Z. I. Bashir (2000), “A new form of long-term depression in the perirhinal cortex”  Nature Neuroscience, Vol.3(2), p.150

Kemp, N ; Ziakopoulos, Z ; Garden, D ; Brown, Mw ; Bashir, Zi (2000), “Mechanisms of paired-pulse depression of GABAergic transmission in the perirhinal cortex in vitro.”  European Journal Of Neuroscience, Vol.12 Suppl S, pp.374-374

Kemp, Nicola  and  Bashir, Zafar I. (1999) “Induction of LTD in the adult hippocampus by the synaptic activation of AMPA/kainate and metabotropic glutamate receptorsNeuropharmacology, Vol.38(4), pp.495-504

Kemp, N and Bashir, Z.I. (1998) “Glutamate receptor interactions required for LTD in adult rat hippocampus in vitro”.  European Journal of Neuroscience, Vol.10 Suppl 10, pp.128-128

Kemp, N and Bashir, Z.I. (1997) “A role for adenosine in the regulation of long-term depression in the adult rat hippocampus in vitro”. Neuroscience letters, Vol.225 (3), pp.189-192

Kemp, N and Bashir, Z.I.  (1997), “Long-term depression of synaptic transmission in the CA1 region of the adult rat hippocampus in vitro”. Journal Of Physiology-London,  Vol.504P, pp.P212-P212

Kemp, N ; Bashir, Z.I (1997) “NMDA Receptor-dependent and -independent Long-term Depression in the CA1 Region of the Adult Rat Hippocampus In Vitro “   Neuropharmacology, Vol.36(3), pp.397-399

Kemp, N. ; Ziakopoulos, Z. ; Brown, M.W. ; Bashir, Z.I. (1996) “Long-term depression of synaptic transmission in the adult rat hippocampus and perirhinal cortex “  Journal of Physiology Paris, Vol.90(5-6), p.404

Kemp, N., Demendonca, A. and  Bashir, Z.I. (1996), “Endogenous adenosine controls the induction of long-term depression of synaptic transmission in the CA1 region of the adult rat hippocampus in vitro”  Journal Of Physiology-London, Vol.495P, pp.P63-P64


Teaching interests

Teaching  interests:

I'm interested in how technologies can be used to faciltiate and enhance teaching in STEM subjects.  In particular how online tutorials can be designed to best support students' learning.  

Current Modules:

SD329: Signals and Perceptions; the science of the senses - module team chair

SK298: Brain, Mind and Mental Health - Author

SDK100:  Introduction to Health Sciences - lead staff tutor

S295:  The Biology of Survival - lead staff tutor





External collaborations

Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly All-Party group on STEM