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



Harding EC, Zhang Z, Dong H, et al., 2022, Editorial: Behaviors and Neural Circuits in Sleep and Sedation, Frontiers in Neuroscience, Vol:16

Harding EC, Ba W, Zahir R, et al., 2021, Nitric oxide synthase neurons in the preoptic hypothalamus are NREM and REM sleep-active and lower body temperature, Frontiers in Neuroscience, Vol:15, ISSN:1662-453X

Yu X, Ba W, Zhao G, et al., 2021, Dysfunction of ventral tegmental area GABA neurons causes mania-like behavior, Molecular Psychiatry, Vol:26, ISSN:1359-4184, Pages:5213-5228

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

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