Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Life Sciences

Visiting Researcher







401Sir Ernst Chain BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





Neural circuits in Sleep Control

I am interested in the circuits that control the timing of sleep and the sensory inputs that influence these circuits. Ultimately, we are trying to understand why we sleep.

Preoptic NeuronBiography

I am currently a Postdoctoral Neuroscientist in the Merkle Laboratory at the University of Cambridge - Institute of Metabolic Science. I am also a visiting researcher in the laboratory of Bill Wisden and Nick Franks at Imperial College, where I completed my PhD in 2016/17. 

Prior to my doctoral training, I completed an MRes in Biochemical Research also at Imperial. Before that, I studied Pharmacology at the University of Manchester and spent a year in drug discovery at GlaxoSmithKline. 

Ed Harding - Cambridge Neuroscience



Yu X, Ba W, Zhao G, et al., 2020, Dysfunction of ventral tegmental area GABA neurons causes mania-like behavior., Molecular Psychiatry, ISSN:1359-4184

Harding E, Franks N, Wisden W, 2020, Sleep and thermoregulation, Current Opinion in Physiology, Vol:15, ISSN:2468-8673, Pages:7-13

Ma Y, Miracca G, Yu X, et al., 2019, Galanin neurons unite sleep homeostasis and α2-adrenergic sedation, Current Biology, Vol:29, ISSN:1879-0445, Pages:3315-3322.e3


Hsieh B, Harding E, Wisden W, et al., 2019, A miniature neural recording device to investigate sleep and temperature regulation in mice, IEEE Biomedical Circuits and Systems (BioCAS) Conference, IEEE, Pages:1-4

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