Walton Mark

Walton Mark

I head a Wellcome Trust-funded laboratory at the University of Oxford that investigates the neurobiology underpinning reward-guided learning and decision-making. In particular, my group specialises in using advanced electrochemical techniques in rodents to measure real-time dopamine release during behaviour. We were one of the first groups in the U.K. to establish these techniques and one of only a handful in Europe to have done so.

However, my group’s overall research portfolio spans across behavioural neuroscience, from mouse to monkeys and humans, working both within academia and in collaboration with industry. We currently are running projects using normal and transgenic rodents, non-human primates and humans, using recording techniques (electrochemistry, electrophysiology and fMRI) and interference methodologies (pharmacology, lesions and local inactivation). I therefore have hands-on, multidisciplinary experience that allows me to understand the challenges and opportunities afforded by different scientific approaches.
I am a strong advocate for European Neuroscience, and in particular for the vital importance of a thriving and interconnected behavioural neuroscience community in Europe. The EBBS, and its sister organisations such as the EBPS and EMCCS, form vital hubs to allow this to happen. I would greatly appreciate the opportunity to help shape the future direction of this prestigious society over the coming years.