Rohit Patel

Post-Doctoral Research Associate

After obtaining a BSc in Neuroscience from the University of Manchester I completed MRes and PhD degrees at the University of Nottingham specialising in neuropharmacology. My experience in each research project involved investigating chemicals targeting ligand-gated ion channels in the nervous systems of different species for neglected tropical disease, animal health and agricultural applications.

I am excited to join the Centre for Snakebite Research and Interventions at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine to use my experience to investigate the neurotoxicity of snake venoms. I aim to screen the interactions of snake venoms with ion channel targets to investigate mechanisms of action and potential treatments. 

Selected publications

  • R. N. Patel, D. P. Richards, I. R. Duce, M. A. Birkett, D. B. Sattelle, I. R. Mellor, Actions on mammalian and insect nicotinic acetylcholine receptors of harmonine-containing alkaloid extracts from the Harlequin ladybird Harmonia axyridis, Pestic. Biochem. Phys. 166, 104561 doi: 10.1016/j.pestbp.2020.104561.

    S. Furutani, M. Ihara, K. Lees, S. D. Buckingham, F. A. Partridge, J. A. David, R. Patel, S. Warchal, I. R. Mellor, K. Matsuda, D. B. Sattelle, The fungal alkaloid okaramine-B activates an L-glutamate-gated chloride channel from Ixodes scapularis, a tick vector of Lyme disease, Int. J. Parasitol. Drugs. Drug Resist. 8(2): 350-360 (2018). doi: 10.1016/j.ijpddr.2018.06.001

    H. S. Kachel, R. N. Patel, H. Franzyk, I. R. Mellor, Block of nicotinic acetylcholine receptors by philanthotoxins is strongly dependent on their subunit composition, Sci. Rep. 6, 38116 (2016). doi: 10.1038/srep38116