Senior Lecturer

Email Address
Telephone Number
+44 (0)1224 437290
Office Address

Room 5.26
Institute of Medical Sciences
University of Aberdeen
Foresterhill, Aberdeen
Scotland, AB25 2ZD. 

School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition


Current post:
Senior Lecturer
Institute of Medical Sciences
University of Aberdeen

Previous posts:
Senior Research Scientist
Imperial College London

Internal Memberships

Dr Huang involves in the following Administration duties:

•   Provide scientific and career advice to BSc Honours, Master and PhD students
•   Provide pastoral care to personal tutees at UoA
•   Act as academic advisors/examiners for PhD students of other academic staff

•   Member of the Dignity at Work and Study Working Group of UoA




Research Overview

My laboratory aims to develop novel approaches to improve function recovery after spinal cord injury, and we are pursuing the following two research areas:

A Combinatorial Approach For Spinal Cord Repair
Based on our previous experience using novel biomaterials for peripheral nerve repair, my group is focusing on the development of a biomaterial-based combinatorial approach to promote axon regeneration and function recovery after spinal cord injury using relevant in vitro, ex vivo and animal models. In collaboration with colleagues here at Aberdeen and elsewhere, we are developing novel combinatorial strategies including the use of suitable novel biomaterials, novel growth-promoting biomolecules, and electric stimulation for spinal cord repair.

Central Neuropathic Pain After Spinal Cord Injury
My group has a strong interest in the role of neuroinflammation in the development and maintenance of central neuropathic pain following spinal cord injury. We aim to develop novel strategies to target this neuroinflammation in order to prevent and/or treat this common complication that significantly impacts on the quality of life of millions spinal injured patients. 

Research Specialisms

  • Neuroscience
  • Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine

Our research specialisms are based on the Higher Education Classification of Subjects (HECoS) which is HESA open data, published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence.


In Aberdeen:

Outside Aberdeen: Dr Huang actively collaborate with national and international leading experts.

Industrial collaboration:

  • Oxford Biomaterials Ltd., Oxford, England
  • Biogelx Ltd., Scotland
  • Cell Guidance Systems, Cambridge


Current PhD students:

Hongming Ma (1st year; Principal supervisor: Dr Wenlong Huang; second supervisor: Prof Colin McCaig)

Dominik Domanski (2nd year; principal supervisor: Dr Wenlong Huang; second supervisor: Dr Guy Dewick)

Abigail Dos Santos (2nd year; Principal supervisor: Dr Bewick, second supervisor: Dr Wenlong Huang)

William Macintosh-Smith (3rd year; Principal supervisor: Dr Wenlong Huang; second supervisor: Prof Colin McCaig)

Mindaugas Viskontas (3rd year; principal supervisor: Dr Wenlong Huang; second supervisor: Dr Derryck Shewan)

Past PhD students:

Yuting Wei (graduated 2021)

Anna Varone (graduated 2019)

Alba Guijarro-Belmar (gradudated 2019)

Marieta Georgieva (graduated 2018)


Funding and Grants

Current Research Income:

Research Grants (total £563K since 2017):

• Scottish Rugby Union/private donation, 2019-24
• Aberdeen University Development Trust, 2016-24
• BJA/RCoA PhD studentship, 2020-2024
• Medical Research Scotland, 2019-2024
• One Elphinstone PhD Scholarship, 2020-2023
• International PhD studentship, 2021-24

Our research is kindly supported by:

Previous Grants:

• Institute of Medical Sciences PhD Studentship, 2014-19
• International Spinal Research Trust PhD Studentship, 2015-19
• Aberdeen University Development Trust PhD Studentship, 2014-18
• Aberdeen University Development Trust, 2016-19
• Tenovus Scotland, 2016-17
• RS McDonald Trust, 2014-17
• Scottish Rugby Union, Research Grant, 2013-16
• Development Trust, Equipment Grant, 2013-16
• Medical Research Scotland Vacation Scholarship, 06-08/2015
• Medical Research Scotland Vacation Scholarship, 06-08/2016
• Wellcome Trust Vacation Scholarship, 06-08/2016
• Aberdeen University Start-up, 2013-2016
• National Institute of Academic Anaesthesia, 2013-14
• Chelsea & Westminster NHS Trust; 2010-11
• Neurotex Ltd., 2008-9
• Wellcome Trust, International Travelling Research Fellowship, 2001-2


Teaching Responsibilities

For the Institute of Medical Sciences:

PGT: MSc IMS Project Course: course coordinator

Level 2
• SM2001: Foundation Skills for Medical Sciences
• SM2501: Research Skills for Medical Sciences

Level 3
• SM3002: Frontiers of Medical Sciences: course coordinator
• SR3508: Clinical Exercise Physiology
• BM3804: Neuroscience Research Topics
• DB3804: Development of Organ Systems

Level 4
• BM4004: Advanced Molecules, Membranes & Cells
• PY4302/AN4302: Developmental Neuroscience

For the Medical School:

• Yr1: tutors on various topics
• Yr1: SSC "Brainstorming": theme leader
• Yr2: tutors on various topics

Supervision of BSc and postgraduate students:

• BSc Honours
• MSc/MRes students
• Principal supervisor of 4 PhD students


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