Associate Professor Nicholas J.D. Wright is currently a faculty member of the Wingate University School of Pharmacy in Wingate, near Charlotte, in North Carolina (USA). He obtained his BSc. in biochemistry and physiology from Southampton University (UK) in 1978 and went on to obtain his PhD. in neurophysiology in 1990 under the direction of Dr. R.J. Walker. His doctoral research was primarily concerned with recording from identified Helix aspersa neurons. He has been a member of the Society for Neuroscience and the Brain Research Association (UK/Europe). After moving to Long Island (USA) in 1992 he developed a novel Drosophila preparation to allow CNS recording from living adults while working in the Zhong laboratory at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. After accepting a faculty position in New Mexico (USA) Dr. Wright obtained NIH funding (NIH-BRIN/INBRE grant) and continued his Drosophila research until finally moving to his current position in the Wingate University School of Pharmacy. Here he is involved in collaborative research on the fumonisin family of mycotoxins. He has published in Neuron, J. Neuroscience and Developmental Neurobiology. Dr. Wright shares his home with his wife and 4 cats and is a fanatical audiophile.
Dr. Wright’s research interests are currently the action of fumonisins which are common food contaminants and the effect of nitric oxide on Helix neurons.