Prof. Nick Rawlins

Professor Nick Rawlins

Pro-Vice-Chancellor / Vice-President (Student Experience)
Master of Morningside College

BA (Oxon); MA (Oxon); DPhil (Oxon); FMedSci; FBPsS

Curriculum Vitae

Education & CUHK Employment


  • B.A. and M.A., University of Oxford, UK
  • D.Phil., University of Oxford, UK

CUHK Employment

  • 2018-present, Master of Morningside College
  • 2021-present, Pro-Vice-Chancellor

Research Interests

  • Behavioural Neuroscience
  • Anxiety, Depression, Neurodegeneration, Memory, Pain, Schizophrenia

Named Posts and Awards

  • Honorary Professor of Psychology, CUHK
  • Vice-President, Toulouse School of Economics
  • Fellow, Institute for Advanced Study, Toulouse, France
  • Professor Emeritus, University of Oxford
  • Emeritus Fellow, Wolfson College Oxford
  • Pro-Vice-Chancellor, University of Oxford
  • Fellow of the British Psychological Society
  • Major Educator Award winner, Oxford University
  • Honorary Professorship at University of Nottingham
  • Elected Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences
  • Watts Professor of Psychology, University of Oxford
  • Emeritus Fellow at University College, Oxford
  • Awarded title of Professor of Behavioural Neuroscience
  • Sir Jules Thorne Fellow, University College, Oxford
  • Senior Research Fellow, University College, Oxford.
  • Henry Head Fellow of the Royal Society, London
  • Fogarty Foundation Fellow, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore
  • Weir Junior Research Fellow, University College, Oxford
  • European Training Plan in Brain and Behaviour Research Scholar at Nevrofysiologisk Institut, University of Oslo
  • UK Medical Research Council graduate studentship at University of Oxford
  • Plumptre Minor Exhibitioner, University College Oxford

Selected Publications

  • MORRIS RGM, GARRUD P, RAWLINS JNP & O'KEEFE J (1982) Place navigation impaired in rats with hippocampal lesions. Nature 297: 681-683.
  • RAWLINS JNP (1985) Associations across time: the hippocampus as a temporary memory store. The behavioural and brain sciences 8: 479-528
  • COFFEY PJ, LUND RD & RAWLINS JNP (1990) Detecting the world through a retinal implant. Progress in Brain Research 82: 269-275
  • GRAY JA, FELDON J, RAWLINS JNP, HEMSLEY DR & SMITH AD (1991) The neuropsychology of schizophrenia. The Behavioral and Brain Sciences 14: 1-84
  • WILLIAMS JH, WELLMAN NA, GEANEY DP, FELDON J, COWEN PJ & RAWLINS JNP (1996) Anti-psychotic drug effects in a model of attentional schizophrenic attentional disorder: a randomised controlled trial of the effects of haloperidol on latent inhibition in healthy people. Biological Psychiatry 40: 1135-1143
  • PLOGHAUS A, TRACEY I, GATI JS CLARE S, MENON RS, MATTHEWS PM & RAWLINS JNP (1999) Dissociating pain from its anticipation in the human brain. Science 284: 1979-81
  • REISEL D, BANNERMAN DM, SCHMITT WB, DEACON RMJ, FLINT J, BORCHARDT T, SEEBURG PH & RAWLINS JNP (2002) Spatial memory dissociations in mice lacking GluR1. Nature Neuroscience 5: 868-73
  • YALCIN B, WILLIS-OWEN SAG, FULLERTON J, MEESAQ A, DEACON RMJ, RAWLINS JNP, COPLEY RR, MORRIS AP, FLINT J & MOTT R (2004) Genetic dissection of a behavioural quantitative trait locus shows that RGS2 modulates anxiety in mice. Nature Genetics 36: 1197-1202
  • SCHMITT WB, SPRENGEL R, MACK V, DRAFT RW, SEEBURG PH, DEACON RMJ, RAWLINS JNP & BANNERMAN DM (2006) Restoration of spatial working memory by genetic rescue of GluR-A-deficient mice. Nature Neuroscience 8: 270-272
  • VALDAR W, SOLBERG LC, GAUGUIER D, BURNETT S, KLENERMAN P, COOKSON WO, TAYLOR MS, RAWLINS JNP, MOTT R, & FLINT J (2006) Genome-wide genetic association of complex traits in heterogeneous stock mice. Nature Genetics 38: 879-87
  • FUCHS EC, ZIVKOVIC AR, CUNNINGHAM MO, MIDDLETON S, LEBEAU FEN, BANNERMAN DM, ROZOV A, WHITTINGTON MA, TRAUB RD, RAWLINS JNP & MONYER H (2007) Recruitment of parvalbumin-positive interneurons determines hippocampal function and associated behavior. Neuron 53: 591-604
  • KEAYS DA, TIAN G, POIRIER K, HUANG G-J, SIEBOLD C, CLEAK J, OLIVER PL, FRAY M, HARVEY RJ, MOLNÁR Z, PIÑON MC, DEAR N, VALDAR W, BROWN SDM, DAVIES KE, RAWLINS JNP, COWAN NJ, NOLAN P, CHELLY J, & FLINT J (2007) Mutations in alpha-tubulin cause abnormal neuronal migration in mice and lissencephaly in humans. Cell 128: 45-57
  • von ENGELHARDT J, DOGANCI B, JENSEN V, HVALBY Ø, GÖNGRICH C, TAYLOR A, BARKUS C, SANDERSON DJ, RAWLINS JNP, SEEBURG PH, BANNERMAN DM, MONYER H (2008) Contribution of hippocampal and extra-hippocampal NR2B-containing NMDA receptors to performance on spatial learning tasks. Neuron 10: 846-60
  • KOHL MM, SHIPTON OA, DEACON RM, RAWLINS JNP, DEISSEROTH K, PAULSEN O (2011) Hemisphere-specific optogenetic stimulation reveals left-right asymmetry of hippocampal plasticity. Nature Neuroscience 14: 1413-5. Erratum in Nature Neuroscience 14: 1617
  • BANNERMAN DM, BUS T, TAYLOR A, SANDERSON DJ, SCHWARZ I, JENSEN V, HVALBY Ø, RAWLINS JNP, SEEBURG PH, SPRENGEL R (2012) Dissecting spatial knowledge from spatial choice by hippocampal NMDA receptor deletion. Nature Neuroscience 15: 1153-9
  • BANNERMAN DM, SPRENGEL R, SANDERSON DJ, MCHUGH SB, RAWLINS JNP, MONYER H, SEEBURG PH (2014) Hippocampal synaptic plasticity, spatial memory and anxiety. Nature Reviews Neuroscience 15: 181-192

Other Intramural Professional Activities (Selected)

  • Medical Sciences Division (Associate Head: Acting Head as required)
  • Medical Sciences Graduate Studies Committee (Chair)
  • Bioscience Research Board (Chair)
  • Board of Management for Oxford-Lund Biomedical Research Programme
  • Neuroscience MSc organising committee (Chair)
  • General Board of the University

Other Extramural Professional Activities (Selected)

  • Scars of War Foundation Board of Trustees
  • Wellcome Trust Steering Committee for strategic award in Veterinary Medicine
  • Wellcome Trust Neuroscience Strategy Committee
  • Wellcome Trust Neuroscience Panel (Co-Chair)
  • Nuffield Council Panel on Bioethics
  • Wellcome Trust Basic Science Interest Group (Member then Chair)
  • Wellcome Trust Neuroscience Grants Committee
  • Schizophrenia Research Fund Board of Trustees
  • Medical Research Council Neuroscience Grants Committee

External Examiner at

Within UK:
Cambridge, Cardiff, Durham, Institute of Neurology (University of London), Institute of Psychiatry (University of London), University College London, St Andrews
Outside UK:
Freiburg (Germany), Johns Hopkins (Baltimore, US), Louis Pasteur Institute (Strasbourg, France), Swiss Institute of Technology (Zurich)