Mohsen completed his undergraduate degree in BSc (Hons) Pharmacology at the University of Portsmouth in 2011. During this time, he was awarded two individual research studentships to work in Dr Jerome Swinny’s lab, whose passion and aptitude for science inspired him. This was an outstanding event in his life that determined his scientific career. Stimulated by the research he had carried out during his undergraduate studies, he embarked on a PhD in Dr Swinny’s lab investigating the expression and function of various neurotransmitter receptors within the enteric nervous system of the mouse gastrointestinal tract and their plasticity in response to stress and ageing.
After successfully defending his thesis in 2015, Mohsen spent four years as a postdoctoral researcher in Dr Swinny’s lab in Portsmouth. He used a combination of histology, molecular biology, electrophysiology, transgenic animals, and animal behavioural assays to investigate the underlying pathophysiology of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease-induced stress, anxiety and gastrointestinal disorders. He has published his work in several high-impact factor journals, served as a reviewer for such journals and has been invited to present his research around the world.
In 2019, Mohsen joined Solent University as lecturer in histopathology to design and lead the cellular pathology unit as part of the University’s BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science degree programme. He aims to stablish a research group at Solent focussed on investigating how emotional stress, during the normal ageing process, results in specific brain and peripheral disorders. Most importantly, in the same way he was inspired as an undergraduate, he also hopes to ignite a passion for biomedical sciences in students at Solent.
Mohsen has extensive experience in delivering research-informed higher education. Between 2012 and 2018, he was a teaching assistant at the University of Portsmouth involved in delivering lectures on various topics, including anatomy and physiology, histology, neuroscience and neuropharmacology.
He has also been involved in the design and delivery of a number of practical laboratory classes for biomedical sciences, pharmacy and pharmacology students. In addition, he has consistently been involved in the supervision of postgraduate research projects, including master's and PhD projects. He is currently the unit leader for the cellular pathology unit within the biomedical science degree programme at Solent.
Mohsen uses a range of techniques such as electrophysiology, pharmacology, molecular biology, genomics, histology and animal models of disease to investigate the following:
He would also like to start a new line of research investigating the effect of exercise on the way our body responds to stress.