Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health Professions

Loading content

Dr Shalinee Dhayal

Research Fellow

 +44 (0) 1752 431038

 John Bull Building 


Dr. Shalinee Dhayal has obtained her PhD from Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry, Universities of Exeter and Plymouth in Oct 2008 and since has worked in the same institution with Prof. Noel Morgan. Over this period she has developed interest in understanding the role of long chain fatty acids in pancreatic beta cell function and viability, particularly molecular mechanisms involved in the cytoprotective effects of unsaturated fatty acids. Recently her interests have also expanded in understanding the aetiology of Type 1 Diabetes; currently she is studying the possible role of enteroviruses in the pathogenesis of type 1 diabetes.


  • PhD (Endocrine Pharmacology)
  • MSc - (Applied Microbiology) 1st Class
  • BSc - (Chemistry, Zoology and Botany) 1st Class


Research interests

Research interests are primarily in areas related to the mechanisms involved in pancreatic beta cell dysfunction and death in both type 1 and type 2 diabetes as well as ways to enhance the viability of beta cells.

Research projects

  • Investigating role of enteroviruses in the progression of type 1 diabetes using two unique cohorts of patient pancreas samples. Primarily focusing on the detection of enteroviruses within the islets and understanding the molecular signalling associated with viral infection.
  • Investigating the molecular mechanisms involved in the cytoprotective effects of long chain unsaturated fatty acids in pancreatic beta cells.


Currently employed on a 3 year PEVNET grant entitled “persistent virus infection as a cause of pathogenic inflammation in type 1 diabetes”.

External Engagement and Impact


Abstract nominated for New Investigator award at the 9th conference of the international society for the study of fatty acids and lipids (ISSFAL), 2010.

Abstract nominated for Nick Hales Young Investigator award at Diabetes UK Annual Professional Conference, 2007.

Award won for best abstract and oral presentation at Peninsula Postgraduate Health Institute Annual Research Event (March 9th-10th 2006).

Selected among the 11 candidates from UK for attending Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting (2006).

Grant received for attending a research conference from Tavistock Inner Wheel Club (2006).


Supervision / Group

Back | Edit Profile