Imperial College London

Ms Taylor Lyons BSc, MSc, MBPsS

Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Brain Sciences

Research Assistant







Burlington DanesHammersmith Campus





Taylor began her doctorate at Imperial College in 2015 after being awarded the MRC Doctoral Training Grant 3.5 Studentship. As a member of the Psychedelic Research Group, she is working within the Centre for Neuropsychopharmacology and the Laboratory for Neuronal Circuit Dynamics to complete two complimentary research projects for her PhD.

Previously, Taylor completed a BSc in Psychology at The Queen’s University of Belfast and an MSc in Neuroscience at Trinity College Dublin.

PhD Supervisors:   Prof David Nutt
                               Prof Thomas Knöpfel 
                               Dr Robin Carhart-Harris
                               Dr Robert Leech

Achievements and Awards

Highest Performing Student 2013

Awarded by The Queen’s University of Belfast for achieving the highest overall grades in the School of Psychology.

Undergraduate Award 2013

Awarded by the British Psychological Society for achieving the highest overall grades in a degree programme accredited by the Society.

Degree Plus Award

Awarded by The Queen’s University of Belfast for acquiring employability skills and experience by participating in extra-curricular activities and work experience.

MRC DTP Studentship Award

Awarded with £105 000 for a 3.5 year training programme, which includes a research project plus training in research methods and transferable key skills, leading to the submission of a doctoral thesis and the award of a PhD. These Medical Research Council Doctoral Training Partnership Studentships are awarded to high calibre researchers who go on to conduct important research and gain worldwide recognition.



Buchborn T, Lyons T, Song C, et al., 2020, The serotonin 2A receptor agonist 25CN-NBOH increases murine heart rate and neck-arterial blood flow in a temperature-dependent manner., Journal of Psychopharmacology, Vol:34, ISSN:0269-8811, Pages:786-794

Lyons T, Carhart-Harris RL, 2018, More realistic forecasting of future life events after psilocybin for treatment-resistant depression, Frontiers in Psychology, Vol:9, ISSN:1664-1078

Lyons T, Carhart-Harris RL, 2018, Increased nature relatedness and decreased authoritarian political views after psilocybin for treatment-resistant depression, Journal of Psychopharmacology, Vol:32, ISSN:1461-7285, Pages:811-819

Buchborn T, Lyons T, Knopfel T, 2018, Tolerance and Tachyphylaxis to Head Twitches Induced by the 5-HT2A Agonist 25CN-NBOH in Mice, Frontiers in Pharmacology, Vol:9, ISSN:1663-9812


Fagan SG, Rispin-Dureuil C, Lyons T, et al., 2016, The involvement of PANX-1 in amyloid-induced neurodegeneration and the protective effect of the endocannabinoid system, SPRINGER LONDON LTD, Pages:S179-S179, ISSN:0021-1265

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