Aaron gained a BSc (Hons) in Biomedical Sciences from University of Aberdeen in 2012, specialising in Anatomy. Following this he worked as a full-time anatomy demonstrator at University of Aberdeen before embarking on a PhD at University of Leeds in 2013.
For his PhD he investigated the effects of several different methods of non-invasive electrical nerve stimulation on the autonomic nervous system in humans. In particular he focused on assessing the autonomic effects of transcutaneous vagus nerve stimulation (tVNS) in healthy volunteers, using TENS machines and custom electrodes to stimulate the auricular branch of the vagus nerve in the ear. This project also involved a pilot study to test the effects of tVNS on a group of patients with heart failure. In addition, Aaron acquired expertise in measuring autonomic nervous system activity non-invasively (heart rate variability, baroreceptor reflex sensitivity) as well as through direct recordings of sympathetic nerve activity (microneurography).
As part of his PhD studentship Aaron worked as an anatomy demonstrator at University of Leeds, allowing him to continue teaching alongside his PhD research. This experience encouraged him to consider an academic career focused on anatomy education. After finishing his PhD in 2017 he took up an anatomy teaching post at Queen’s University Belfast, followed by a Teaching Fellow post at University of Birmingham in 2018. In 2019 he was appointed as a Lecturer in Anatomy,
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