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Dr Majid Hafezparast

Post:Reader in Human/Mammalian Molecular Genetics (Neuroscience)
Location:CRPC 5.21

Telephone numbers
Internal:8214 or 2812
UK:01273 678214 or 01273 872812
International:+44 1273 678214 or +44 1273 872812

Research expertise:
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Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Neurology, University College London, 2001 - 2003.

Research Associate, Imperial College London, 1997 - 2001.

Research Fellow, University College London, 1993 - 1997.


Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education, University of Sussex, 2005

PhD in Molecular Genetics, MRC Cell Mutation Unit, University of Sussex, 1990 - 1993.

BSc in Biochemistry/Physiology; King's College London, 1987 - 1990.



BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry/Physiology from King’s College London (1990), followed by PhD in Molecular Genetics from Sussex University 1993).

Research Fellow at Imperial College London and UCL Institute of Neurology (1993-2003).

Currently as a Research Laboratory Head and Professor of Molecular Neuroscience at the University of Sussex, our reseach is focused on understanding the underlying molecular and cellular mechanisms of motor neurone disease, with emphasise on defects in axonal transport. Motor neurone diseases are a group of debilitating and some cases fatal diseases which are characterized by muscle wasting, paralysis and death within 2-5 years after being diagnosed. 

For more information about our research see The Hafezparast Lab website.


Degree Convenor:

  • Neuroscience
  • Neuroscience with Cognitive Science


  • Structure and Function in the Brain
  • Molecular Genetics
  • Introduction to Humam Disease
  • Human Genome Symposium
  • Genetic Manipulation and Molecular Cell Biology
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
  • Topics in Cell and Development Biology
  • Genetic Blood Disorders
  • Scientific Basis of Medicine: Genetics


  • Academic Skills Tutor [Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS)]
  • Essential Skills in Biomedical Sciences
  • Cell Biology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Skills for Research Bioscientists (MSc)
  • Molecular Cell Biology (Brighton and Sussex Medical School)
  • Liver and the Regulation of Metabolism (Brighton and Sussex Medical School)

Other roles

  • Human Tissue Authority (HTA) Designated Individual 
  • Progression and Awards Board (PAB)
  • Exam scrutiny board (Chair)
  • PhD Thesis Committee
  • BSMS Module 102 Review Board
  • BSMS Module 302 Review Board

PhD Thesis Committees