Andreas Heuer

Associate 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. 

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 Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (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 Neuroscience within the CEA-MIRCen laboratory of Paris-Saclay University, Paris – France, under the EU Marie Sklodowska-Curie Action fellowship for early stage researchers; in this framework, Francesco worked on the in vivo characterization of an injectable in situ polymerizing collagen hydrogel system for enhancing cells therapy in Parkinson’s disease. In addition, Francesco also investigated the neurotoxic relationship between two protein known to be crucial in the development and progression of Parkinson’s disease – alpha synuclein and LRRK2.

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

To know more about Francesco’s research, click here.

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.

Yunus Kurt

MSc Student (Mersin University, Turkey)


Yunus is an electrical engenieer who has recently obtained his MSc degree at Mersin University, Turkey. Yunus will apply Artificial Intelligence using CNNs to quantify cell populations in the brain.

Chiarar Venuti

MSc Student (Rome University, Italy)


Chiara is conducting a her MSc thesis working on histopathological assessment of AAV-vector based overexpression of alphasynuclein.

Diego Brignone

MSc Student ( University of Padua, Italy)


Diego  is conducting a research internship at BNL working on gene therapy in Parkinson's disease. Diego use our AAV vector model to assess motor and non-motor deficits in rats and assess whether the overexpression of neurotrophic factors can alleviate the histoppathological and behavioural impirments.

Irene Vecchio

MSc Student ( University of Catania, Italy)


Irene is conducting a research internship at BNL working on gene and cell replacement therapy in Parkinson's disease. Irene will investigate the histopathological chanes of AAV-aSYN overexpression and the therapeutic effect of our treatments.

Febe Jacobs

MSc Student ( University of Brussels, Belgium )

Febe is conducting a research internship at BNL working on the expression levels of AAV vectors for gene therapy.

Previous lab members:

Manuela Rizzi

ERASMUS training

Trento University, Italy

Celeste Tahershamsi

Medical exchange student


Armelle Gesnik

MSc student

CPE Lyon, France

Christine Wang

Medical exchange student


Giuseppe Tomasello

MSc student

Catania University, IT

David von Rosen 

BSc student (Medical Program)

Lund University

Klara Esbo 

BSc student (Biomedical)

Lund University

Cecile Adant

MSc student

University of Brussels

Danish Anwer

MSc student

University of Dresden

Nuran Caz

MSc student

Hasselt University, Belgium

Iva Pavicic

MSc student

University of Rijeka

Luca Cimino

MSc student

Trento University, Italy

Naomi King

MSc student

Nottingham University, UK

Anita Mehrdadian

Project student

Lund University

Swantje Hauser

BSc student

Vienna University, Italy

Sarah Malandra

Guest Researcher

University of Catania

Tommie Ros

MSc student

Maastricht University, NL

Wilson Stewart-Murray

MSc student

Keele University, UK

Ida Kulacz

Erasmus+ student

Wroclaw University, Poland


Giovanna Cazzolla

MSc student

University of Bari, Italy

Livija Sarauskyte

BSc student

Vilneus University


Lab Christmas dinnend goodbye of Noelia

Alex defended his PhD - Congrast Dr. Svanbergsson

Outreach activity at ProCivitas Highschool in Lund

All hands on deck for mounting

MultiPark Lunchtime seminar

PhD defense at University College Cork of Martina Mazzocchi.

Presenting at NECTAR meeting at Edinburgh and visiting former student.

Never get tired of taking confocal images of neurons...

Goodbye Iva

Goodbye Cecile

Goodbye Giovanna

Bouncy ball office... :-)

Goodbye Klara

Turkish night with delicious food

Some slice recordings of our transplants with the Ledri lab

Marcus producing AAV vectors

Ready for a week of brain surgery

Alex passed his PhD half-time

New objective, camera and condenser-rings arrived today :-)

DIS student (virtual) visit. First outreach activity of the year :)

Goodbye Giuseppe and merry christmas

Tough day of writing ;-)

Next generation of BNLers taking over histology

Paper celebration! Thanks to all co-authors for their efforts! 

NECTAR conference 2020 - Francesco presenting his work in a Datablitz and Pizza conference dinner :-)

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.

Andreas Heuer Behavioural Neuroscience Laboratory Lund University

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.

Behavioural Neuroscience Laboratory Lund University

Coding club continues on zoom

Luca graduated in Italy! BRAVO Luca!

UniStem Day 2020

Happy 21st Birthday!!!

Floor christmas party

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

Behavioural Neuroscience Laboratory Lund University

BNL at NECTAR 2019 in Cardiff

Hello World : BMC Coding club in action

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

Dissecting embryos

ERC training camp 2018

Need for sugar

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

Andreas Heuer Behavioural Neuroscience Laboratory Lund University

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