GBIRG Members

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 Caroline Wilson
BSc (Hons), MRes, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Assistant

Dr Wilson graduated from the University of Strathclyde with a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Immunology and Pharmacology and a Masters of Research in Neuroscience. Following this Dr Wilson gained her PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Nottingham. Prior to joining the GBIRG, Dr Wilson undertook a postdoctoral research associate position with the University of Strathclyde.

Her research to date has focused on brain dysfunction ranging from hearing focused (tinnitus, hearing loss) to Alzheimer’s disease. Her primary research interests lie in uncovering the mechanisms behind changes in the brain, specifically during neurodegeneration.


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 2017, 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.

Miss Emma Russell

BSc (Hons)
FIELD PhD student

Emma started her PhD at the University of Glasgow in March 2018. Emma has graduated from the University of Glasgow with a BSc (Hons) in Neuroscience, and an MSc in Stratified Medicine. The focus of her PhD research is to understand the influence traumatic brain injury, encountered during contact sport participation, has on the development of neurodegenerative disorders, such as dementia. As well as investigating the influence sport participation has on general lifelong health and wellbeing. Emma has previously conducted research at the University of Glasgow and University College London in the field of bipolar affective disorder.


Miss Nicole Edwards
BSc (Hons)
Laboratory Technician Assistant

In 2016, Nicole graduated from the University of Dundee with BSc (Hons) in Neuroscience . During her undergraduate degree, Nicole completed a project with Dr McLeod of the University of Dundee on post-operative pain relief medication. Following her degree, Nicole worked as a QA Auditor for Charles River Laboratories inspecting study procedures performed on plants and animals. She has a keen interest in brain injuries, neurodegenerative diseases and chronic pain.  Nicole is responsible for providing lab technical support, aiding assistance with immunohistology, brain sectioning and general laboratory work.

Current Students (2017-2018)

E Russell (2018 – )
H Morgan (2017- )

BSc Neuroscience



J Hay (2013-2018, part-time)
B Mouzin (2009-2013)
V Johnson (2008-2012)

V Campbell  (2016)
L Brunton (2015)

L Chambers (2018)
N Garzon Loor (2018)
M Balmer (2018)
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)