Institute of Neuroscience

Staff Profile

Dr Fiona LeBeau



Research Interests

My main interests are in understanding the role of the monoamine neurotransmitter systems (noradrenaline, dopamine and serotonin) in modulating cortical neuronal activity, in particular their effects on fast network oscillations such as theta- and gamma frequency rhythms.

Other Expertise

In my lab, and with Dr. Claudia Racca, we use in vitro electrophysiological, morphological and immunocytochemical approaches to study the monoamine neurotransmitter systems. In addition, in collaboration with other colleagues within the Institute of Neuroscience, we have recently started behavioural studies, and in vivo recording techniques, to address the role of monoamines in modulating cortical function.

Current Work

We are currently working on a number of projects elucidating the role of monoamines in the hippocampus and cortex. Changes in these neurotransmitters are implicated in many diseases such as schizophrenia, Alzheimer's disease, drug addiction and depression. We are, therefore, currently also investigating changes in the monoamine systems and network oscillations in a variety of animal models of these diseases.

Postgraduate Supervision

Past and present lab members;

Joanne Driver: Succssfully completed PhD (Leeds University)

Newcastle University Students:
Daniel Haggerty: Former PhD student
Dorcas Eden: Former PhD student
Bernadette O'Donovan Current PhD student
Claire Gillougley Current PhD student
Vasileios Glykos Current PhD student


Royal Society Research Grant
Newcastle University Studentship
Lena Teague Bequest Fund
BBSRC equipment grant
EPSRC studentship
BBSRC/CASE studentship
Welcome Trust PhD studentship