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. 

My current research interests focus on repairing the damage to dopaminergic networks caused by disease or toxicity relevant to Parkinson's Disease, addiction, and reward behaviours. 

Academic responsibilities

Senior Lecturer in Clinical Biochemistry


  • 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)

LS6007 - Clinical Applications of Biomedical Sciences

LS6005 - Clinical Chemistry and Haematology

LS6004 - Brain and Behaviour

LS6002 - Current Concepts in Biomolecular Science

LS5005 - Medical Physiology with Research Methods

LS5002 - Proteins and Metabolism

I also supervise MSc and BSc research projects. 

Undergraduate courses taught

Postgraduate courses taught