Andrew Lin

Vice Chancellor’s Fellow – Department of Biomedical Science

Dr Andrew Lin has been Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow in the Department of Biomedical Science since 2015 when he was awarded a 5-year European Research Council Starting Grant. From a young age Andrew had his sights set on a career in academic research, pursuing his passion for neurobiology. Following his PhD at the University of Cambridge, he took a slightly different direction with his postdoc to expose himself to a wider range of techniques, questions and approaches.

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Career Timeline

2001

First author paper

Lin, A.C., Nightingale, R.W., Tarbell, T.D. (2001). Diffraction pattern analysis of bright TRACE flares. Solar Physics, 198, 385-398.

2004

A.B. in Neurobiology, summa cum laude, Harvard University

2004–2005

Awarded Gates Cambridge Scholarship

2005–2007

Awarded Overseas Research Student Award

2005–2008

Awarded National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

2006

Second author paper

Leung, K.M., van Horck, F.P.G., Lin, A.C., Allison, R., Standart, N., Holt, C.E. (2006). Asymmetrical β-actin mRNA translation in growth cones mediates attractive turning to netrin-1. Nature Neuroscience, 9, 1247-56.

2006–2007

Tutorials on neurobiology (weekly discussion sections), University of Cambridge

2007

First author paper

Lin, A.C., Holt, C.E. (2007). Local translation and directional steering in axons. EMBO Journal, 26, 3729-36.

2008

First author paper

Lin, A.C., Holt, C.E. (2008). Target recognition: topographic mapping. New Encyclopedia of Neuroscience. Oxford: Elsevier.

2008

First author paper

Lin, A.C., Holt, C.E. (2008). Function and regulation of local axonal translation. Current Opinion in Neurobiology, 18, 60-68.

2008

First author paper

Lin, A.C., Holt, C.E. (2008). Outsourcing CREB translation to axons to survive. Nature Cell Biology, 10, 115-8.

2008

Delivered Outreach lectures on visual illusions, University of Cambridge

2009

Ph.D. in Biological Sciences, University of Cambridge (Trinity College)

2009–2013

Awarded Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowship (£250,000 over 4 years)

2009

Second author

Merianda, T.T., Lin, A.C., Lam, J.S., Vuppalanchi, D., Willis, D.E., Karin, N., Holt, C.E., Twiss, J.L. (2009). A functional equivalent of endoplasmic reticulum and Golgi in axons for secretion of locally synthesized proteins. Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience, 40, 128-42

2009

First author

Lin, A.C., Tan, C.L., Lin, C.L., Strochlic, L., Huang, Y.S., Richter, J.D., Holt, C.E. (2009). Cytoplasmic polyadenylation and cytoplasmic polyadenylation element-dependent mRNA regulation are involved in Xenopus retinal axon development. Neural Development, 4, 8.

2009–2015

Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellow University of Oxford, Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour

2010

Taught tutorials on learning and memory, University of Oxford

2013–2015

Awarded James Martin Fellow at Oxford Martin School

2013

Second author

Perisse, E., Yin, Y., Lin, A.C., Lin, S., Huetteroth, W., Waddell, S. (2013). Different Kenyon cell populations drive learned approach and avoidance in Drosophila. Neuron, 79, 945-56.

2013

Second author

Parnas, M., Lin, A.C., Huetteroth, W., Miesenböck, G. (2013). Odor discrimination in Drosophila: from neural population codes to behavior. Neuron, 79, 932-44.

2013

Invited talk – University College London, Institute of Neurology

2013

Invited talk – Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Meeting on Neurobiology of Drosophila

2013

Invited talk – Stanford University, Dept. of Neurobiology

2014

Taught tutorials on learning and memory, University of Oxford

2014

Invited talk – King’s College London, MRC Centre for Developmental Neurobiology

2014

Second author

Rezával, C., Nojima, T., Neville, M.C., Lin, A.C., Goodwin, S.F. (2014). Sexually dimorphic octopaminergic neurons modulate female postmating behaviors in Drosophila. Current Biology, 24, 725-30

2014

Invited talk – University of Manchester, Faculty of Life Sciences

2014

Invited talk – HHMI Janelia Farm Research Campus, Meeting on Structure and Function of the Insect Mushroom Body

2014

First author

Lin, A.C., Bygrave, A.M., de Calignon, A., Lee, T., Miesenböck, G. (2014). Sparse, decorrelated odor coding in the mushroom body enhances learned odor discrimination. Nature Neuroscience, 17, 559-68.

2014–2015

Examination marking, University of Oxford

2015–present

Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow (group leader) University of Sheffield, Department of Biomedical Science

2015

Invited talk – EMBO Workshop, Neural Circuits and Behaviour of Drosophila

2015

Invited talk – Academia Sinica (Taiwan), Institute of Molecular Biology

2015–2020

Awarded European Research Council, Starting Grant, “Homeostatic balancing of excitation and inhibition in vivo” (€1,500,000 over 5 years)