Institute of Neuroscience

Staff Profile

Mel Leitch

Technical Manager


Roles and Responsibilities

Within the Institute of Neuroscience I lead on

  • Technical support
  • Health and safety
  • Estates/Space management
  • Professional Registration

Within Newcastle University

  • Joint Institutional lead with Linda Robinson on the Technician Commitment
  • Joint lead with Linda Robinson on the Working in partnership forum - which supports the Technician Commitment in the north
  • NU TechNet - Technician Network at Newcastle University
  • oint lead with Linda Robinson for the Technician Partnership Conference 2020, 24th June 2020 Newcastle University

GATSBY / Science Council

  • Peer reviewer for Institutions self assessment form
  • Reviewer for Professional Registration

National Technician Development Centre

  • Deputy Director with an interest in measuring the impact made by Technicians in their role


  • BSc.(Hons), MPhil


  • Fellow of the Institute of Science and Technology

Honours and Awards

  • Chartered Scientist
  • Abstract selected for oral presentation at BAP summer meeting 2002.
  • Medical faculty graduate school poster winner 2002.Sh
  • Sortlisted for Outstanding Technician of the year THE awards 2019


Research Interests

  • Effect of glucocorticoids on the function of the 5-HT system.
  • A particular focus is the attenuation in somatodendritic 5-HT1A autoreceptor function following chronic corticosterone exposure.
  • Expertise in Radioimmunoassay, HPLC, microdialysis, insitu hybridization, autoradiography, invitro electrophysiology.

Other Expertise

  • Laboratory management.
  • Health and Safety
  • Estates/Space management


  • 5-HT, serotonin, 5-HT1A, depression, affective disorders.


Recently I was involved in a Business Improvement Project with Phil Ramsey, Amanda Wilson, Vic Christy tasked with improving the transition to university experience for new undergraduates.  The outputs of this project were:

  • checklist so that internal units were consistent in their undergraduate induction content 
  •  'Induction' channel on the Newcastle University App
  • a webpage, written in a style to appeal to 18 year olds, about how to succeed at university