Liverpool Skylilne

Natural Sciences and Psychology

Adarsh Makdani

Adarsh Makdani

Telephone: 0151 904 6348



I joined SomAffect in 2014, beginning PhD which is supported by the Pain Relief Foundation.

Prior to that, I read Neuroscience with Psychology (BSc. Hons.) at the School of Medical Sciences, within the University of Aberdeen. The biomedical science degree is the foundation on which I’m working to build a multidisciplinary understanding of the nervous system, with a strong focus on mental health, and clinical research.

The aim of my PhD research is to further the understanding of peripheral pain mechanisms. Sensory & psychophysiological testing alongside Microneurography, will be used to investigate the electrophysiological properties of afferent nerve fibres (in humans), in both normal, and neuropathic pain models/ states.

The PhD supervisors are Francis McGlone, Susannah Walker and David Moore. Microneurography is conducted in partnership with Andrew Marshall.

I’m a strong advocate for scientific communication, and public engagement with research. I’m proud to be a part of SomAffect, and a member of the growing scientific community within LJMU and the Research Centre for Brain & Behaviour. I’m also grateful to the Pain Relief Foundation for supporting and encouraging research into chronic pain.

Find out more on SomAffect:


2018, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, PhD: The characterisation of myelinated and unmyelinated afferents in normal and neuropathic pain
2014, University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom, Neuroscience with Psychology (BSc. Hons.)

Postgraduate training

SomAffect, United Kingdom, Liverpool John Moores University, 2014 - 2018


Journal article

Nagi SS, Marshall AG, Makdani A, Jarocka E, Liljencrantz J, Ridderström M, Shaikh S, O'Neill F, Saade D, Donkervoort S, Foley AR, Minde J, Trulsson M, Cole J, Bönnemann CG, Chesler AT, Bushnell MC, McGlone F, Olausson H. 2019. An ultrafast system for signaling mechanical pain in human skin. Science advances, 5 :eaaw1297 >DOI

Engagement & Impact

Conference organisation:

Liverpool Neuroscience Day 2018,

LND2016: Liverpool Neuroscience Day, Organising Committee,

IASAT 2017: International Association for the Study of Affective Touch, Organising Committee,