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Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

 Ashish Bhandari

Ashish Bhandari

Research Technician


 Living Systems Institute S02.07


Living Systems Institute, University of Exeter, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QD


Ashish completed his Bachelor's in Biotechnology from Nepal. He then worked as a Research Assistant at the Annapurna Neurological Institute before moving to the USA to complete his MS in Biology from 2015 to 2017 focusing on Molecular Biology from the University of Houston.

After his MS, he focussed his research in neurophysiology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center as a Research Assistant performing patch-clamp electrophysiology and immunohistochemistry to study plasticity in the visual thalamus in response to damage to the retina from 2017 to 2022 before moving to the UK.

Currently, he is a Research Technician at the University of Exeter for Prof. Steffen Scholpp (Feb 2023 - current)


Graduate courses in Neuroscience at the University of Nebraska Medical Center

MS Biology (Cell and Molecular Biology) from the University of Houston

BSc Biotechnology from SANN International College, (affiliated to Purbanchal University), Nepal


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Journal articles

Smith JC, Zhang KY, Sladek A, Thompson J, Bierlein ER, Bhandari A, Van Hook MJ (2022). Loss of retinogeniculate synaptic function in the DBA/2J mouse model of glaucoma. eNeuro, 9(6). Abstract.
Bhandari A, Ward TW, Smith J, Van Hook MJ (2022). Structural and Functional Plasticity in the Dorsolateral Geniculate Nucleus of Mice following Bilateral Enucleation. NEUROSCIENCE, 488, 44-59.  Author URL.
Bhandari A, Smith JC, Zhang Y, Jensen AA, Reid L, Goeser T, Fan S, Ghate D, Van Hook MJ (2019). Early-Stage Ocular Hypertension Alters Retinal Ganglion Cell Synaptic Transmission in the Visual Thalamus. Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience, 13

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