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Dr Ali Pilehvar

Dr Ali Pilehvar

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

 Geoffrey Pope 201


Geoffrey Pope Building, University of Exeter , Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QD, UK


I am a biologist with expertise in ecotoxicology, behavioural toxicology and ecophysiology with a background in veterinary medicine focused on animal physiology and pharmacology. In my current role as a research fellow, I am investigating the effects of anaesthetics and analgesics on neurobiology and behaviour of zebrafish embryos and larvae.


2020 PhD Biology (Aquatic Toxicology), University of Antwerp, Belgium

2013 Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM), Azad University of Tabriz, Iran

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Research interests

My broad research interest includes aquatic toxicology, behavioural ecology and animal physiology. More precisely, I am interested in the interaction of aquatic organisms (especially vertebrates) with the chemicals in their environment at different levels of organization. Currently, I am using a combination of research methodologies including functional brain imaging, in vivo electrophysiology and behavioural analysis to find out which anaesthetics and analgesics are the most effective and ethical for inducing sedation and pain relief in zebrafish embryos and larvae.


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