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 Rebecca Dewhurst-Trigg

Rebecca Dewhurst-Trigg

Postdoctoral Research Associate

 RILD Building 


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


Rebecca completed her BSc (Hons) in Exercise and Sports Science (2016) at the University of Exeter. As part of her undergraduate, Rebecca also spent some time studying at Massey University, New Zealand. Following this, she completed her MSc by Research in Sport and Health Sciences (2017), also at the University of Exeter. Rebecca then went on to join the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences at Loughborough University where she completed her PhD (2020) investigating the nutritional modulation of inflammation, immune function and metabolic health. Her thesis specifically focused on exploring the effect of short-term excessive dietary fat intake on subcutaneous white adipose tissue nuclear factor-kappaB inflammatory signalling.

During her PhD, Rebecca developed a keen interest in researching immunity and the cellular events underpinning health and disease which she will explore in the context of Type 1 Diabetes in her current role as a Postdoctoral Research Associate. Rebecca’s current research will broadly focus on the interface between T cell immunology, islet biology and islet transplantation in the context of Type 1 Diabetes.


  • BSc (Hons) Exercise and Sports Science (2016)
  • MSc by Research Sport and Health Science (2017)
  • PhD (2020)


Research interests

Rebecca’s broad research interests lie within improving public health by understanding the molecular events underpinning health and disease as well as the role of interventions such as nutrition, therapeutics, and/or exercise in disease risk and disease prevention.

External Engagement and Impact


  • Nutrition Society UK Postgraduate Competition Winner 2019
  • Undergraduate Free Communication Presentation Award, BASES Student Conference 2016


Supervision / Group

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