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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 module for the UK track of the American University of the Caribbean medical school, preparing 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, and I designed and delivered neuroscience and molecular medicine 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


  • 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