Dr Torsten Bossing

Dr Torsten Bossing

Senior Technical Specialist

Institute of Translational & Stratified Medicine


Senior Research Fellow, Head of Imaging Suite at John Bull


1991 Diploma, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany

1996 Dr.rer.nat., Johannes Gutenberg University, Germany

Teaching interests

Since2013               Teaching and Lecturing at Plymouth University

                                 Personal Research Project (3001-X),     

                                Methods in Human Biosciences (BHCS2019)

                                Evidence-Based Practice in Biomedical Sciences(BHCS2002)

                                Current Issues in Neurobiology (BHCS3007)

                                Master Research Project (BIOM5006) 

                                Teaching and Supervision of undergraduates, postgraduates and staff in advanced microscopy    

2012- 2013              Lecturer and Convener of ‘Neurobiology of CNS Disorders’, Bangor University

2011-2013              Lecturer in ‘Biosciences,Enterprise and Employability’, Bangor University

2010- 2013              Convener of the modules ‘CurrentTopics in Life Sciences’; ‘Experimental Projects’ and ‘Literature Projects’;Lecturer in Human Physiology – Brain Physiology; Head of the Third Year students, Personal Tutor at the School of Biological Sciences at Bangor University

since 2007                Supervision of postgraduate and undergraduate students during their research projects

Research interests

Understanding the workings of the human central nervous system (CNS) with its millions of neurons generating trillions of connections is a formidable challenge. Fortunately, to uncover the basic rules, we can turn to simpler organisms. I am making use of the simple fruit fly Drosophila to study evolutionary conserved mechanisms in CNS development and disease. Using classical genetics, molecular biology, transgenics and micromanipulation I study the embryonic development of the CNS to understand how damage in the CNS can be repaired. I also investigate the transcriptional program ensuring the correct formation of neural networks

Research degrees awarded to supervised students

primary supervisor: 

current: 1 PhD student, 1MSc student;      

completed: 1PhD (2014), 1 MRes (2013), 1 MSc (2015)

Grants & contracts

2015                         PhDstipend awarded by Medical Faculty, Plymouth University (GBP 52k/ 3 years         

2014                           collaborator in BBSRCGrant (Responsive Mode), Principal Investigator Dr. Claudia Barros (GBP 390k/ 3years)

2012                         Royal Society Research Grant (GBP14,8k/ 1 year)

2010                         Tenovus Cancer Charity UK(co-supervisor, GBP 115k/ 4 years)

2009                          ResearchLectureship sponsored by Bioscience, Environment and Agriculture Alliance (GBP220k/ 4 years)

2008                          GeraldKerkut PhD Studentship (GBP 57k/ 3 years)

1998- 2007                WellcomeResearch Associate

1996- 1998               European Fellowship (Human Capital and Mobility)

1996                         Prize forthe best Ph.D. Thesis at the Johannes Gutenberg University, Faculty of Biology