Christian Nathan

Christian Nathan
University of Leeds · School of Biomedical Sciences

BSc, MSc

About

Introduction
Dedicated neuroscience PhD student covering techniques ranging from molecular biology to in vivo work. Experience in lecturing both small and large groups of students, demonstrating to lab classes and marking exam scripts and coursework. Capable of managing my own projects and working well as part of a team. My current research interests are based in systems neuroscience and involve characterizing the potential link between the sympathetic nervous system and the molecular clock.
Additional affiliations
October 2016 - September 2020
University of Leeds
Position
  • PhD Student
May 2016 - June 2016
University of Leeds
Position
  • Laboratory Demonstrator
Description
  • I helped students conduct experiments dealing with pest prevention and identify pest species based on morphology. I marked assignments outside of the lab.
September 2012 - September 2014
Carleton University
Position
  • Laboratory Teaching Assistant
Description
  • Biol 3305 Human and Comparative Physiology Lab: I helped students conduct and comprehend Neurons in Action (NIA) tutorials, Experiments included electrophysiology recording from either nerve, muscle or organ using electrodes and iWorx recording software.

Projects

Project (1)
Project
Life on Earth is governed by a 24 hour light/dark cycle; most organisms have adapted their physiological processes to be active at different points during this cycle creating a diurnal rhythm of activity. Many aspects of the cardiovascular system exhibits diurnal rhythm, one aspect that illustrates this is blood pressure which dips at night. Sympathetic nervous system activity has been correlated to these changes in blood pressure. There is preliminary evidence that sympathetic preganglionic neurons exhibit a time dependent change in receptor expression which may influence the diurnal fluctuations in sympathetic and cardiovascular parameters. My current research focuses on the molecular clock and understanding its influence on the sympathetic nervous system and the cardiovascular system.