Jonathan Lee – Mechanisms of memory persistence


I spent all of my training years at the University of Cambridge, undertaking first a degree in Natural Sciences, specialising in Neuroscience. As part of this, I conducted a research project with Antony Dickinson, who provided me with an invaluable grounding in learning theory. I remained in Cambridge at the Department of Experimental Psychology to pursue a PhD, under the supervision of Barry Everitt and Kerrie Thomas, mainly focussed on the mechanisms of hippocampal contextual fear memory consolidation and reconsolidation. I remained in Barry Everitt's lab as a post-doctoral researcher, applying our understanding of memory reconsolidation first to cocaine self-administration settings, and then to natural reward-seeking settings. I was appointed first to a Departmental Lectureship at the Department of Experimental Psychology in the University of Cambridge, and subsequently to a Lectureship at the School of Psychology in the University of Birmingham. In 2013 I was promoted to Senior Lecturer, and then to Reader in 2017.


Our research is principally focussed on memory reconsolidation in rodent associative memory settings. These include auditory fear conditioning, contextual fear conditioning and various appetitive pavlovian conditioning paradigms. We also study initial memory consolidation, as well as extinction of memories. All of these processes come under the umbrella of our Memory Persistence Laboratory.


Complete publication list on Orcid

Full text available on the University of Birmingham Research Portal


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