Dr Darren Johnson


I completed my PhD in Regenerative Medicine at Newcastle University where I investigated large scale tissue regeneration and developed methods in tissue engineering. I then proceeded to work with the North East Cancer Institute (Newcastle University) and the Great North Children's hospital, leading onto a collaboration with the Brain Repair and Intracranial Neurotherapeutics (BRAIN) unit in Cardiff, Wales.

I joined Kingston University in 2020 as a Senior Lecturer specialising in Clinical Chemistry and Neurotoxicity, and I'm currently appointed as the University's Animal Research Liaison Officer. 

My current research interests focus on identifying and repairing damage to dopaminergic networks caused by disease or toxicity relevant to Parkinson's Disease, addiction, and reward behaviours. I also investigate aggressive stem cell cancers such as neuroblastoma. 

Academic responsibilities

Senior Lecturer in Clinical Biochemistry


  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • PhD - Regenerative Medicine (Newcastle University)
  • MRes - Medical and Molecular Biosciences (Newcastle University)
  • BSc Hons. - Neuroscience with Psychology (University of Aberdeen)

Teaching and learning

I contribute to:

LS7002 - Immunology and the Pathobiology of Disease (Module Leader)

LS7005 - Anaemia, Haemostasis and Blood Transfusion

LS7008 - Cellular and Molecular Biology of Cancer

LS6007 - Clinical Applications of Biomedical Sciences

LS6005 - Clinical Chemistry and Haematology

LS6024 - Drugs, Brain and Behaviour

LS6002 - Current Concepts in Biomolecular Science

I also supervise PhD, MRes, MSc and BSc research projects. 

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Postgraduate courses taught


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