Prof David Lyons

Professor David Lyons

Prof David Lyons

Professor of Neurobiology
Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences, University of Edinburgh

The group of Prof. David Lyons study myelinated axons. Myelin is made by specialized cells called oligodendrocytes and is a layer of insulation that is wrapped around our nerve cables (axons). Myelin allows the rapid propagation of information throughout our nervous system, and it is also essential for axon health. Myelin and myelin-producing oligodendrocytes are damaged in many human diseases including Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and Motor Neuron Disease. The Lyons group use zebrafish in their research to find strategies to understand how myelin is made and how it can be repaired in disease.

David Lyons received his BSc (Neuroscience, 1999) and PhD (Developmental Biology, 2003) from University College London. He then undertook postdoctoral work at Stanford University in 2004 and joined the University of Edinburgh in 2009.