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Prof Guy Richardson

Post:Professor of Neuroscience 'Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award holder' (Neuroscience)
Other posts:Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award Holder (Neuroscience)
Location:CRPC 5.08

Telephone numbers
Internal:8717 or 8397
UK:01273 678717 or 01273 678397
International:+44 1273 678717 or +44 1273 678397

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Guy Richardson obtained BSc in Neurobiology (Hons) at the University of Sussex in 1974, and then did a PhD at the Max Planck Institut fur biophysikalische Chemie in Göttingen where he used the electromotor system of the electric ray, Torpedo marmorata, as a model system for studying the development of cholinergic motorneurorones and their synapses. He received his DPhil in 1980 and, after four years of postdoctoral research in Germany, returned to Sussex in 1984 to work on the inner ear, a sensory system that has remained the focus of his studies ever since. His work at Sussex has included the development of a cochlear culture system for studying, together with Professors Corne Kros and Ian Russell, the mechanisms of mechano-electrical transduction in mammalian sensory hair cells, the discovery of novel extracellular matrix molecules and cell surface proteins associated with the tectorial membrane and sensory hair bundles of the inner ear, the generation transgenic mouse models for elucidating the basis of various forms of human hereditary deafness, and studies on the mechanisms of antibiotic-induced ototoxicity. Guy was recipient of the Grand Prix Scientifique NRJ from the Institut de France in 2005. He was elected to the Royal Society in 2009 and to the Academy of Medical Science in 2013.


Guy Richardson is currently Subject Chair for Neuroscience.