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Neuropathology Research Laboratory


Dr Willie Stewart
BSc, MBChb, PhD, DipFMS, FRCPath

Dr Stewart is Consultant and Lead Neuropathologist at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Glasgow, Honorary Clinical Associate Professor (University of Glasgow) and Adjunct Associate Professor (University of Pennsylvania). He has sub-specialty diagnostic and research interest in forensic neuropathology, in particular traumatic brain injury.

Recent studies in TBI describe the range of pathologies encountered in acute and long term survivors of head injury, with reference to pathologies linking TBI to neurodegenerative disease; work supported by major national and international grants from the US National Institutes of Health, the US Department of Defense and the Chief Scientist’s Office in Scotland.


Dr Josie Fullerton
BSc (Hons), MRes, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Assistant

In 2016, Dr Fullerton joined the Glasgow Brain Injury Research Group. Her primary interests include traumatic brain injury, chronic traumatic encephalopathy and neurodegenerative disease. She is currently researching a range of pathologies encountered in acute and long-term survivors of traumatic brain injury using a vast range of immunohistochemical techniques.

Dr Fullerton has a keen interest in public engagement and science communication. She has participated events at the Edinburgh International Science Festival, Citizens Theatre and Glasgow Science centre.

Prior to joining the GBIRG, Dr Fullerton completed her BBSRC DTP PhD at the University of Strathclyde in Neuroscience, where she analysed the neural activity of nicotine in the ventral tegmental area and dorsal hippocampus. Dr Fullerton has also received a Masters of Research in Biomedical Sciences (IMB/Systems Biology) and Bachelor of Science (Hons) degree in Neuroscience from the University of Glasgow.


Ms Jennifer Hay
BSc (Hons), MSc
PhD Student

Jen is currently finishing her doctoral studies at the University of Glasgow under the supervision of Dr. Stewart. The focus of her research is to understand the role of blood-brain barrier (BBB) disruption following traumatic brain injury (TBI) and the contribution of this pathology to late neurodegenerative and clinical outcomes in TBI survivors. Jen has been working with the unique Glasgow TBI Archive examining acute and long-term survival cases of TBI (up to 47 years post-injury). She has demonstrated evidence of BBB disruption not only in the acute phase post-injury, but, remarkably, persisting for many years in a proportion of survivors of a year or more post-injury. Jen has also investigated post-TBI astrogliosis, which appears in the grey matter acutely and persists many years after TBI – following a similar pattern to the BBB disruption observed. As astrogliosis is present in the grey matter, Jen has demonstrated that chronic neuroinflammation post-TBI is present in the white matter.


Miss Hannah Morgan 
BSc (Hons)
PhD Student

Hannah started her first year of her PhD at the University of Glasgow in October 2017. Previously, Hannah worked as the laboratory technician  for the Glasgow Brain Injury Research Group at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital. For 3 year, her previous role encompassed much of the technical work that was carried out within the lab including tissue sectioning, immunohistochemistry as well as developing and maintaining the Glasgow Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Archive. Hannah graduated from the University of Glasgow in 2013 with a BSc (Hons) in Anatomy.


Miss Tess Atkinson 
BSc (Hons) MSci
Laboratory technician

Tess recently graduated from Glasgow University with a Masters in Neuroscience. In 2016, Tess joined the G.B.I.R.G for a summer internship in Neuropathology.  Tess has now joined our team as our laboratory technician, and carries out most of the technical work in the lab, such as immunohistology, developing and maintaining the Glasgow TBI Archive and tissue sectioning. Tess previously worked in the University of Maastricht researching post-traumatic stress disorder and Dr Cobb’s lab at the University of Glasgow researching Rett’s Syndrome. 


 Dr Kevin Kinch


As a graduate of The University of Edinburgh Medical School and alumnus of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, Kevin has had a varied and successful medical career as a doctor, including considerable clinical experience in a wide range of medical, surgical and laboratory specialties. In addition to experience in the UK National Health Service, Kevin has worked in the South African public healthcare system in a world-­renowned trauma centre, and served as a Medical Officer in the rank of Captain in the British Army Royal Army Medical Corps. Kevin is currently a Specialty Registrar in Neuropathology, based at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Glasgow.

Current Students (2017-2018)

H Morgan (2017- )
J Hay (2013- part time)

BSc Neuroscience
Ms Laura Chambers
Ms Nicole Garzon Loor

Mr Matthew Balmer


B Mouzin (2009-2013)
V Johnson (2008-2012)

V Campbell  (2016)
L Brunton (2015)

C McCann (2016)
G Crosbie (2016)
J Carroll (2016)
G Stark (2016)
R Waite (2015)
J Daley (2015)
A Unsworth (2015)
D Robinson (2015)
C Bryant-Craig (2015)
J McGovern (2014)
J Kang (2013)
S Ansell (2012)
F Begbie (2011)
R Scott Pye (2011)
D Smith (2010)
SY Foo (2010)