School of Biological and Chemical Sciences

Dr Mark Preece


Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Sciences (Pharmacology)

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 3343
Room Number: Room 4.20, Fogg Building


Research Interests:

My main interests are in the neurochemical basis of psychiatric disorders and the application of MRI technologies to psychopharmacological research.   I have worked on the development of drugs for the treatment of psychiatric disorders, in particular antagonists at selected 5HT receptor subtypes for the treatment of anxiety and depression.  I have also worked on the development of functional MRI techniques applied to psychopharmacological research, having demonstrated the utility of this technique to investigate the effects of drugs on serotonergic and dopaminergic neurotransmitter systems within the brain. This has included investigation of the effect of potential novel therapies for the treatment of psychosis on amphetamine stimulated dopamine release.

Research department

Public Engagement

I am a Public Engagement Ambassador with the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement

Activities I have been involved with include the establishment and organisation of the Kingston-upon-Thames Café Scientifique and the creation of neuroscience-themed activities for the Wellcome Trust and British Science Week’s Big Bang Fair.