Peter Wilson

Adjunct Lecturer - School of Science & Technology

Peter Wilson

Phone: +61 2 6773 2606



I first became interested in neuroscience when completing an Honours degree in Physiology at the Medical School, University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK. I went on to complete a PhD in physiology of the sensory cortex. I then spent two years at Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis, USA as a postdoctoral fellow of the Muscular Dystrophy Associations of America, before returning to the UK, where I was senior research associate in the department of Neurology at Newcastle University for 3 years. I moved to Australia to work with the late professor Richard Mark in Behavioural Biology at ANU, then moved to the department of Anatomical Sciences at the University of Queensland, where I remained a member of the NHMRC funded Cerebral and Sensory Functions Unit until 1995, when I moved to UNE's former department of Physiology.


Member of the Centre for Neuroscience and Animal Behaviour
Member of the Australian Neuroscience Society

Teaching Areas

All units in Human Biology and Physiology that contain a neuroscience component.

Research Interests

  • Microanatomy and physiology of immunocytochemically identified modulatory projections to the entorhinal cortex
  • Morphology and physiology of single identified neurons and their synaptic connections in the entorhinal cortex
  • Correlated morphological and physiological studies of single interneurons in the entorhinal cortex


Selected publications

Bellinger FP, Wilce PA, Bedi KS and Wilson P, Long-lasting synaptic modification in the rat hippocampus resulting from NMDA receptor blockade during development, Synapse, 43, pp. 95-101, 2002.

Snow PJ and Wilson P, Mechanisms of somatosensory plasticity, Somatosensory Processing: From Single Neuron to Brain Imaging, Rowe MJ, Iwamura Y (eds), ISBN: 90-5702-384-9, Amsterdam, Harwood Academic, pp. 131-142, 2001.

Kitchener PD and Wilson P, The response of the somatosensory system to peripheral nerve injury. Degeneration and Regeneration in the Nervous System, Saunders NR, Dziegielewska KM (eds), ISBN: 90-5823-022-8, Amsterdam, Harwood Academic, pp. 285-315, 2000.

Bellinger FP, Bedi KS, Wilson P and Wilce PA, Ethanol exposure during the third trimester equivalent results in long-lasting decreased synaptic efficacy but not plasticity in the CA1 region of the rat hippocampus, Synapse, 31, pp. 51-58, 1999.

Wilson P, Kitchener PD andSnow PJ, Cutaneous receptive field organization in the ventral posterior nucleus of the thalamus in the common marmoset, Journal of Neurophysiology, 82, pp. 1865-1875, 1999.

Wilson P, Kitchener PD and Snow PJ, Intraaxonal injection of Neurobiotin reveals the long-ranging projections of Ab-hair follicle afferent fibers to the cat dorsal horn, Journal of Neurophysiology, 76, pp. 242-254, 1996.

Wilson P and Kitchener PD, Plasticity of cutaneous primary afferent projections to the spinal dorsal horn, Progress in Neurobiology, 48, pp. 105-129, 1996.

Kitchener PD, Wilson P and Snow PJ, The dermatomes of the pectoral and pelvic fin of the long-tail stingray Himantura fai, Brain Behaviour and Evolution, 46, pp. 354-361, 1995.

Wilson P and Snow PJ, Morphology of Aß hair follicle afferent collaterals in dorsal horn of cats with neonatal denervation of digits, Journal of Neurophysiology, 70, pp. 2399-2410, 1993.

Snow PJ and Wilson P, Plasticity in the Somatosensory System of Developing and Mature Mammals, Progress in Sensory Research, Volume 11, Springer-Verlag, Heidelberg, 464 pages, 1991.