Dr. Pavel Perestenko obtained his M.Sc. in Biochemistry/Physiology from the Saint Petersburg State University, Russia in 1992 studying human glutamate receptors. He then continued his work on ionotropic glutamate receptors in the Laboratory of Neuroreceptors and Neuroregulators at the Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry (Moscow) and in the Electrophysiology Department of Nottingham University. Following the award of his Ph.D. in 1999 he moved in 2000 to the MRC Centre for Synaptic Plasticity, laboratory of Prof. J.M. Henley at the University of Bristol as a research fellow to study trafficking of AMPA receptors in cultured neurons.
In August 2005 he joined the group of Dr. Jeff McIlhinney at the MRC Anatomical Neuropharmacology Unit as an Investigator Scientist.