behavioural neuroscience andreas heuer

Andreas Heuer

Assistant Professor in Neuroscience

Scopus ID: 37121979900

Orcid: 0000-0003-0300-7606


Andreas Heuer Behavioural Neuroscience Laboratory Lund University


Andreas studied Psychology (BSc) at the University of Maastricht, the Netherlands and Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia. After obtaining a MSc in Neuropsychology at Maastricht University, Andreas conducted his doctoral research at Cardiff University in the Brain Repair Group under the tutelage of Steve Dunnett and Anne Rosser where he used simple and complex behavioural tasks to assess lesion-induced deficits and graft-induced behavioural recovery in a rodent model of Parkinson's disease. Andreas has conducted two post-doctoral periods at  Lund University, with Malin Parmar (working on the preclinical assessment of dopaminergic human ES cell grafts) and Martin Lundblad (working on the detection of Dopamine release from transplants) from 2013-2016 , and Tomas Björklund (using chemogenetics to manipulate cell activity) from 2016-2018 focussing on the selective and reversible modulation of cell activity using chemogenetics.

Andreas was awarded a post-doc stipend by the Swedish Society for Medical Research (SSMF) and subsequently an establishing grant by the Swedish Research Council (VR) to start his independent research group in June 2018 focusing on brain-behaviour relationships  and disase modelling. 

Matilde Negrini Behavioural Neuroscience Laboratory Lund University

Matilde Negrini 

PhD student


Scopus: 57201472074


Matilde has studied Biotechnology at the University of Padua (Italy). Then she has completed her Master degree in Cellular and Molecular Biotechnology at the University of Trento (Italy) and the practical part as a research placement at Lund University (Sweden), in the Translational Neurogenetics Group. She has since completed the preparatory PhD course "Human Biology" financed by a  grant form the Parkinsonsfonden. Matilde's project involves the generation and characterisation of a novel alpha-synuclein overexpression model of Parkinson's disaese.

In August 2018 Matilde started her doctoral studies on the assessment of non-motor deficits in a novel alpha-synuclein overexpression model. Her current projects involve the use of molecular biology, AAV vector production, complex behavioural testing, electrochemical recordings and opto/chemogenetics.

Francesco Gubinelli

Francesco Gubinelli

Post doctoral researcher

Scopus ID: 57213690991



Francesco got his Undergraduate degree in Applied Clinical Psychology and Medicine in University of Rome - La Sapienza working on PTSD. He completed a MSc in Molecular Biotechnology at Jagiellonian University, Kraków - Poland working on stem cells derived extracellular vesicles (EVs) for cardiac regeneration. In December 2019 he obtained his PhD in CEA-MIRCen (Paris) working within the EU Marie-Curie Grant in the development of an injectable hydrogel for cellular therapy in Parkinson's Disease.

Francesco joined BNL in February 2020 for his post doctoral research project. He will focus on the behavioural characterisation of our novel AAV-vector based preclinical rodent model of Parkinson's disease.

Giuseppe Tomasello

MSc student (Catania University, Italy)


Giuseppe is conducting his MSc research with us in the 2020/21 semester. His research project will focus on disease modelleing and the assessment of Viral Vectors for transgene expression.

Ida Kulacz

Erasmus+ student (Wroclaw University, Poland)


Ida is conducting an Erasmus+resarch internship working on congnitive assessment of our AAV-vector based preclinical rodent model of Parknson's disease. She has just finished her MSc degree in Genetics and Experimental Biology at the University of Wroclaw where she worked on membrane protein degradation pathways and her main interest includes neurodegenerative diseases. 

Giovanna Cazzolla

MSc student (University of Bari, Italy)


Giovanna is currently studying Medical Biotechnology and Molecular Medicine at the University of Bari. She has joined us for her MSc research internship to work on histopathological changes after an AAV alphasynucelin overexpression.

Swantje Hauser

BSc Student (Vienna University, Austria)


Swantje is joining the BNL in January 2020. She will be working on the development of viral vectors for gene therapy. Her focus will be on investigation into the immune response after injection of AAV vectors into the midbrain as part of her BSc degree. Swantje is joined supervised by BNL and Marcus Davidsson at Barrow Neurological Institute, Phoenix, USA. 

Nayomi Shih

Discovery Charter School (California, USA)

Nayomi is our honorary lab member since August 2020. Nayomi is currently attending the 6th grade of the 2020/21 school year and she is very excited about all things related to science. According to her teacher Claris Monica Diaz (DiazDoesScience), Nayomi has a brilliant carrer in STEM ahead of her. We are looking forward to welcome her to the laboratory in person, once she has graduated.

Previous lab members:

Manuela Rizzi

ERASMUS training

Trento University, Italy

Tommie Ros

MSc student

Maastricht University, NL

Wilson Stewart-Murray

MSc student

Keele University, UK

Armelle Gesnik

MSc student

CPE Lyon, France

Celeste Tahershamsi

Medical exchange student


Naomi King

MSc student

Nottingham University, UK

Luca Cimino

MSc student

Trento University, Italy

Christine Wang

Medical exchange student


Anita Mehrdadian

Project student

Lund University


Some impressions from our 2020 Labretreat in Småland

Our residence: The Davidssons Family summer house

Cannoeing and BBQ-lunch

Smålands dinner: Kroppkakor + Crayfish and 5h game of Catan.

Early commitment to LU :-)

Anita bringing gifts from Greece :-)

New BNL labcoats

Christmas came early this year!!! Many thanks to Steve Marsh from Marshdesigns for two acrylic rodent cages for our optogenetic and electrochemistry studies.

Very happy with our new RaspberryPi HQ 12MP colour camera, which is now hooked up to our microscope. Many thanks to the OpenFlexure Team for providing all the code on Github for free.

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First protocol published from the lab! Well done Mati and Marcus!

Our new Leica inverted DMi8 is all set up. Thanks to Peter for being amazing from start to finish as well as the Crafoord foundation for supporting our research and making this possible.

Andreas Heuer Behavioural Neuroscience Laboratory Lund University

First installment of coding club has finished. Thank you so much for the lovely card and gifts!

Finally I have someone to talk to. #RubberDuckDebugging.

Naomi's last day: Beer & Dumplings.

Ice-cream reward after histology marathon.

#Teamwork #53brainstilllunchtime

Photoshoot for our new AAV-production methods submission.

Successfull implantation of an optrode for the new fiber-photometry system.

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Coding club continues on zoom

Luca graduated in Italy! BRAVO Luca!

UniStem Day 2020

Happy 21st Birthday!!!

DIS student exchange vistit to BMC - Naomi and Matilde explaing histology and electrochemistry

Hello World : BMC Coding club in action

Floor christmas party

Behavioural Neuroscience Laboratory Lund University

BNL at NECTAR 2019 in Cardiff

Andreas Heuer Behavioural Neuroscience Laboratory Lund University

Parkinsonskåne visits Lund University

Last day of summer BBQ

Marcus in the news!!!

Andreas Heuer Behavioural Neuroscience Laboratory Lund University

First year as PhD student and still smiling :-)

Welcoming our 2 Candian exchange students, great to have you in the lab!

Labretreat: Day at the beach joined with the Ottoson lab

Two legends of dopamine

Andreas Heuer Behavioural Neuroscience Laboratory Lund University

Look who's back :)

Barry Everitt visiting :-)

Woman in STEM

Introducing our work to the BMC

Easterbunny visit to BNL

CPR Training 2019

Whiteboardart 2019

Pizza Night

Pancake day

Optogenetics team

Spontaneous afterwork

First Echem recordings in mice! #Teameffort

The Queen of BMC has left! Good luck at KAVLI Vale!

First IHC 



Happy Birthday Marcus

Traditional Christmas dinner with the Bourgine lab and BNL

Christmas time at BNL

Luca building optrodes

ERC training camp 2018

Need for sugar

Dissecting embryos

Goodbye Marcus!

Matilde's first day as PhD student: Let the journey begin

The new equiptment has arrived: Optogenetics, Soldering, Operant boxes

Great new colleagues


Italian Sunday lunch

Matilde welcoming the newst team member

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The new labspace


NECTAR Conference in Dublin 2017

The amazing brain - Lund University


Dunnett/Rosser #BRG


Malmö reptile center

Literature search

Nailing of Thesis: Dr. Davidsson

Cake or Death! #Fika

Summer BBQ 2018

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