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Chelsea Goulton

Post-Doctoral Research Associate


  • Doctor of Philosophy (Neuroscience), The University of Otago (2015)

  • Bachelor of Science (Neuroscience) Hons, The University of Otago (2010).

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Chelsea Goulton

Research interests

I am a neurophysiologist with experience measuring activity in neuronal circuits using a range of techniques both in vitro and in vivo.  My current focus is the use of fibre photometry to examine the modulation of activity in specific populations of striatal neurons during goal-directed learning.

Funding and Awards

  • 2019 – Travel Grant, School of Medical Sciences, UNSW

  • 2018 – Travel Grant, School of Medical Sciences, UNSW

  • 2016 - ECR Grant, School of Medical Sciences, UNSW

  • 2014 - Travel Grant, Brain Heath Research Centre, University of Otago

  • 2013 - PhD Travel Grant, University of Otago.

  • 2012 - Travel Grant, Neurological Foundation, NZ.

  • 2010 – Travel Grant, Neurological Foundation, NZ.

  • 2009 - ‘Bright Futures’ Top Achiever Doctoral Scholarship, Tertiary Education Commission, NZ

  • 2009 – Award for Neuroscience, University of Otago

  • 2008 – Prestige Scholarship in Science, University of Otago


  • Le Nedelec M; Glue P; Winter H; Goulton C; Medlicott NJ, 2018, The effect of route of administration on the enantioselective pharmacokinetics of ketamine and norketamine in rats, Journal of Psychopharmacology, vol. 32, pp. 1127 - 1132, Read More.

  • Goulton CS; Watanabe M; Cheung DL; Wang KW; Oba T; Khoshaba A; Lai D; Inada H; Eto K; Nakamura K; Power JM; Lewis TM; Housley GD; Wake H; Nabekura J; Moorhouse AJ, 2018, Conditional Upregulation of KCC2 selectively enhances neuronal inhibition during seizures,  Read More.

  • Nedelec ML; Glue P; Winter H; Goulton C; Broughton L; Medlicott N, 2018, Acute low-dose ketamine produces a rapid and robust increase in plasma BDNF without altering brain BDNF concentrations, Drug Delivery and Translational Research, vol. 8, pp. 780 - 786, Read More.

  • Empson RM; Goulton C; Scholtz D; Gallero-Salas Y; Zeng H; Knöpfel T, 2015, Validation of optical voltage reporting by the genetically encoded voltage indicator VSFP-Butterfly from cortical layer 2/3 pyramidal neurons in mouse brain slices, Physiological Reports, vol. 3, Read More.

  • Read MI; Andreianova AA; Harrison JC; Goulton CS; Sammut IA; Kerr DS, 2014, Cardiac electrographic and morphological changes following status epilepticus: Effect of clonidine, Seizure, vol. 23, pp. 55 - 61, Read More.

  • Goulton CS; Patten AR; Kerr JR; Kerr DS, 2010, Pharmacological preconditioning with GYKI 52466: A prophylactic approach to neuroprotection, Frontiers in Neuroscience, vol. 4, Read More.

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