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 Nicole Morrissey

Nicole Morrissey

PhD student

 01392 408286

 RILD Building Level 4


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



I completed my BSc Neuroscience degree at the University of Manchester. During this time, I undertook a year of industrial experience where I was involved in the development of a microbial biosensor device for a start-up company, to be incorporated into medical apparatus. I then commenced my final-year BSc research project with Prof. Andrew Loudon, investigating a connection between circannual and circadian timings in mammals. Following a brief period as a laboratory technician, I returned to the University of Manchester to pursue an MRes degree in Translational Medicine – for which I was fortunate to receive an MRC Advanced Course Studentship. I performed my research project under the supervision of Prof. Simon Luckman, exploring the role of the brainstem in the communication of satiating and aversive information from the gut to the rest of the brain.

In my spare time I like to hang upside-down from aerial/circus equipment, listen to loud music, and to spread the wisdom of Yorkshire.


Research interests

I think it is fascinating how ‘what we eat’ impacts our physiology, most so within the brain and the central nervous system and the implication of this in disease. My PhD research is to investigate neuronal-glial interactions in the regulation of food intake, supervised by Drs. Kate Ellacott and Craig Beall. I receive funding from the University of Exeter.


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