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 Isabel Castanho

Isabel Castanho

PhD Student


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 RILD Building Level 4


University of Exeter Medical School, RILD Building, RD&E Hospital Wonford, Barrack Road, Exeter, EX2 5DW, UK


Isabel is a PhD student in the Complex Disease Epigenetics Group under the supervision of Prof Jonathan Mill and Prof Katie Lunnon. Her PhD focuses on evaluating functional genomics of rodent models relevant for Alzheimer’s Disease and explore these findings in human data generated in the group, in order to understand the relevance of (epi)genomic changes in human dementia.


Isabel Castanho originally graduated in Biomedical Laboratory Sciences at the Polytechnic Institute of Porto, spending part of her final year at the Metropolia University of Applied Sciences in Helsinki.

Isabel took a second degree in Applied Biology at the University of Minho. She also completed a Master’s degree in Health Sciences at the same university, having developed her thesis in the Neuroscience Research Domain of the Life and Health Sciences Research Institute under supervision of Dr Tiago Gil Oliveira, with a particular interest on the role of lipid signalling pathways in hippocampus functioning.

In 2016 Isabel enrolled in the University of Exeter as a PhD student of the Exeter Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) from the Alzheimer's Society, led by Prof Andrew Randall.

For more information check her Linkedin profile here.



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Castanho I (2019). Functional genomic characterisation of animal models of AD: relevance to human dementia.  Abstract.  Full text.

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