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Mr Paul Weightman Potter BSc

PhD student

 01392 408269

 RILD Building Level 4

 

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

I completed my undergraduate degree in biology at the University of Bath where I also had a professional placement year at the Peninsula Colleges of Medicine and Dentistry. Here I worked under Dr. Oleg Anichtchik focussing on an in vitro model of alpha-synuclein’s interactions with tau protein to model aspects of neurodegeneration. I returned to the University of Bath and graduated in 2015 with a 1st class BSc (Hons). Since then, I have been working under the supervision of Dr Craig Beall investigating how glucose variation seen in type 1 diabetes impacts neural cells, and how that might increase the risk of dementia. My research interests include brain energy metabolism and the interplay between glia and neurons in physiological and pathological states.

Qualifications

  • 2015: 1st class BSc (Hons) Biology with professional placement

Research

Research interests

Since September 2015 I have been a PhD student in Dr Craig Beall’s research group, co-supervised by Prof Andrew Randall. My PhD project focusses on the impact of glucose variability on neural signalling in human brain cells and how that relates to dementia risk. My particular research interests focus on brain energy metabolism and the interplay between glia and neurons in both physiological and pathological states.

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