Ping Yip

Queen Mary University of London, UK

Dr Ping Yip is a Non-clinical Senior Lecturer in Neuroscience at Queen Mary University of London. He completed his PhD under the supervision of Prof. Brian Meldrum and Dr Marcus Rattray at the Institute of Psychiatry which is now a school of King’s College London. He spent much of his post-doctoral time at King’s College London working under Prof. Stephen McMahon before he went to work with Prof. Adina Michael-Titus and Prof. John Priestley at Queen Mary University of London.

His research focuses on neuroregeneration, neuroplasticity, neuroprotection, neuroinflammation, and neurodegeneration in several models of spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury in rats and mice. His surgical expertise includes pyramidotomy, lateral and dorsal hemisection, dorsal column crush, static compression, contusion, dorsal rhizotomy, direct dorsal root ganglion (DRG) injections,  peripheral nerve injury, open and closed head injury, and stereotactic brain injections and guide cannula implantation. His behavioural expertise involves extensive sensory and motor behavioural testing such as the Montoya staircase, rearing, grid exploration, sticky tape test, von Frey test, and Hargreaves test. His in vitro expertise includes adult primary cortical neuronal cultures, adult primary spinal and brain microglial cultures, and adult primary DRG cell cultures.

Recently, he has become interested in the role of microglia in neuroinflammation following spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in both animals and patients.