Postdoctoral Research Associate
University of Exeter Medical School, RILD Building, RD&E Hospital Wonford, Barrack Road, Exeter, EX2 5DW, UK
Dr Rebecca Dewhurst-Trigg graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Exercise and Sports Science from the University of Exeter which included time spent studying at Massey University, New Zealand. She then completed her MSc by Research in Sport and Health Science, also at the University of Exeter, where her thesis focused on investigating the effect of dietary nitrate supplementation on team sport performance.
Rebecca then completed her PhD at Loughborough University which investigated 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.
Following her PhD, Rebecca joined the research groups of Dr Martin Eichmann and Dr Chloe Rackham (2021-2023) at the University of Exeter as a full-time postdoctoral research associate (PDRA) and worked part-time split between both groups. One project focused on investigating T cell immunology in Type 1 diabetes (T1D) and the other project focused on improving islet survival, function, inflammation and transplantation outcomes using mesenchymal stem/stromal cells (MSC), respectively.
Rebecca is currently (2023) working as a PDRA with Dr Chloe Rackham on a research project aimed at exploring the islet-protective role for native pancreatic MSCs in health and T1D.
2013-2016 BSc (Hons) Exercise and Sports Science, University of Exeter
2016-2017 MSc by Research Sport and Health Science, University of Exeter
Thesis title: The effect of dietary nitrate supplementation on agility, linear sprint and vertial jump performance
2017-2020 PhD, School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, Loughborough University
Thesis title: The effect of short-term excessive dietary fat intake on subcutaneous white adipose tissue nuclear factor-kappaB inflammatory signalling
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 therapeutics, nutrition, 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