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Darren Ó hAilín

Lecturer in Neuroscience, University of Central Lancashire

Lecturer at the University of Central Lancashire. I currently lead the Neuroscience and Brain & Behaviour courses for the International Medical Sciences Programme. The programme prepares students to take the USLME medical examinations to qualify as physicians in the United States.

I previously served as a postdoctoral researcher and teaching fellow at the University of Freiburg Institute of Anatomy and Cell Biology; my research centred on the molecular underpinnings of neurodevelopmental disorders. I taught Human Anatomy and Epigenetics for the Human Medicine and Biology programmes, I acted as teaching director for the Molecular Embryology department, and I designed and delivered interdisciplinary courses for the University College Freiburg's degree programme in Liberal Arts and Sciences.

I completed my doctorate in biology at the University of Freiburg, Germany, studying the genetic and epigenetic dynamics underlying the development of glioblastoma, a highly aggressive form of brain cancer. I studied for my master's degree in neuroscience at the University of Strasbourg, France and my bachelor's degree in psychology and sociology from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.


  • 2021–present
    Lecturer, University of Central Lancashire
  • 2019–2021
    Postdoctoral scientist, University of Freiburg


  • 2018 
    University of Freiburg, Ph.D in Biology
  • 2014 
    University of Strasbourg, M.Sc in Neuroscience
  • 2011 
    Trinity College Dublin, B.A. (Mod) (Hons) in Psychology & Sociology


  • 2023
    Multimodal epigenetic changes and altered NEUROD1 chromatin binding in the mouse hippocampus underlie FOXG1 syndrome, PNAS
  • 2020
    Transcription and Beyond: Delineating FOXG1 Function in Cortical Development and Disorders, Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
  • 2018
    Microenvironment-Derived Regulation of HIF Signaling Drives Transcriptional Heterogeneity in Glioblastoma Multiforme, Molecular Cancer Research
  • 2016
    Integrative Modeling Reveals Annexin A2-mediated Epigenetic Control of Mesenchymal Glioblastoma, EBioMedicine
  • 2012
    An electrophysiological signal that precisely tracks the emergence of error awareness., Frontiers in Human Neuroscience

Professional Memberships

  • Anatomical Society
  • British Neuroscience Association