Institute of Neuroscience

Staff Profile

Ryley Parrish

Research Associate



2008-2014       Ph.D., Department of Neurobiology, University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), Birmingham, AL

                        Advisor: Dr Farah Lubin

Dissertation Title: Altered DNA Methylation Contributes to Temporal Lobe Epilepsy and Associated Memory Deficits

2003-2007       B.S., Major: Physical Science, Summa cum laude

                        Auburn University Montgomery (AUM), Montgomery, AL


2019: Wellcome Trust ISSF Small Grant Scheme (£9,500)

2019: Wellcome Trust Broadening Our Horizons Travel Grant (£850)

2019: The Physiological Society Travel Grant (£375)

2017 – 2020: Co-PI Medical Research Council (UK) (£386,000)

2015 – 2017: Co-PI Epilepsy Research UK Project Grant (£150,000)

2013: Curing the Epilepsies 2013: Pathways Forward Travel Grant (NINDS) ($1,000)

2013: UAB Graduate Student Association Travel Grant ($500)

Awards and Honors

2016: 1st place platform presentation (UK-Ireland ILAE meeting)

2015: 1st place poster prize (NEERM)

2012: 2nd place poster presentation (UAB Neurobiology Retreat) 

2008: 1st place for talk on original research in biological sciences (85th Annual Meeting

of the Alabama Academy of Sciences) 

2007: AUM Chancellor’s Scholar (awarded to the top student in the School of Science)

2007: AUM Physical Science Student of the Year

Society Memberships

2019 - Present             The Physiological Society

2014 - Present             British Neuroscience Association

2014 - Present             Federation of European Neuroscientists

2008 - Present             Molecular and Cellular Cognitive Society

2008 - 2018                 Society for Neuroscience

2008 - 2012                 American Epilepsy Society

Manuscripts IN Revision/submitted

1. Codadu NK, Graham R, Jackson-Tylor T, Burman RJ, Raimondo JV, Trevelyan AJ, Parrish RR*. Divergent paths to seizure-like events. Accepted at Physiological Reports. *senior and corresponding author bioRxiv doi:

2. Burman RJ, Calin A, Codadu NK, Wright R, Newey S, van den Burg M, Markram H, Parrish RR, Wilmshurst JM, Akerman CJ, Trevelyan AJ, Raimondo JV. Activity-dependent chloride accumulation and excitatory GABAergic signaling contribute to benzodiazepine resistance in a model of status epilepticus. Accepted  at Brain. bioRxiv doi:

3. Papasavvas CA, Parrish RR, Trevelyan AJ. The spread of gap-junction mediated activity in neocortex is modulated by extracellular potassium. In review at The Journal of Neuroscience. bioRxiv doi:


Teaching Experience

  • Instructor for The Microelectrode Techniques for Cell Physiology workshop put on by The Marine Biological Association, Plymouth, UK.
  • Instructor on the Optical Imaging and Electrophysiological Recording in Neuroscience course in Paris, France.
  • Lecturer on the Biomedical Sciences Stage 2 undergraduate course, Newcastle University.
  • Former lecturer for the Newcastle University ION undergraduate summer school: (2016 and 2017).
  • Served on committee that organized and planned the Newcastle University ION summer school.
  • Served on UAB Brain Awareness Week committee and taught lessons to middle school students for three years: (2011 – 2013).
  • Worked for 3 years as a tutor for undergraduate students in chemistry, physics, and biology at the AUM Instructional Support Lab. 


          Introduction to learning and teaching in higher education (ILTHE) course offered at Newcastle            University.