Simon McArthur


I am gay and I am a neuropharmacologist. //

After studying for my undergrad at Cambridge, I moved to Imperial to do my PhD and have been moving around London ever since. I’m now at Queen Mary University of London, where I teach neuroscience and pharmacology in the Institute of Dentistry, and undertake research into the factors that influence susceptibility to Alzheimer’s disease. My main focus is on the role of the gut microbiota and how it influences the blood-brain barrier and the microglia and their role as defensive structures in the brain. I met my now-husband in 2001, and we adopted our son five years ago.