Peter Wilson

Adjunct Lecturer - School of Science and 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.

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.


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