James Kinsella

Aston University, UK

In a nutshell

My PhD studies focused on the development and analysis of chemically patterned small neuronal networks for brain-on-a-chip models. I am passionate about sports, having spent many years playing rugby and practicing the art of kendo throughout my time in university. I am an avid listener of audible books along with enjoying gaming and card games.

Microfluidics, Chemical Patterning, Electrophysiology of Neuronal Cultures and Immunology.

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Dr James Kinsella is from Dudley in the UK West Midlands who started his academic career with his undergraduate degree in Biomedical Science at Cardiff Metropolitan University. After completing his degree, he worked in education as a science technician and eventually undertook a postgraduate masters in Immunology and Immunotherapy at the University of Birmingham. After gaining his post graduate qualification James accepted a PhD position at Loughborough University where he studied neuron interactions and electrophysiology. His PhD project aligns greatly with the Neu-CHiP project, with his work now focusing on the development and analysis of specifically designed neuronal networks.

“The formation and analysis of neuronal circuits with iPSCs and incorporating astrocytes is an exciting opportunity and a significant factor in joining the project. I have dyslexia which has been both a blessing and a curse throughout my time in education, but I wouldn’t change it.”

Selected Publications

  • Emma Rathbone, Lindsay Durant, James Kinsella, Antony R Parker, Ghaniah Hassan-Smith, Michael R Douglas, S John Curnow, Cerebrospinal fluid immunoglobulin light chain ratios predict disease progression in multiple sclerosis, J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry, 2018 Oct;89(10):1044-1049