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Dr Rebecca Wyatt

Dr Rebecca Wyatt

Research Associate

 +44 (0)1392 408277

 RILD Building 3.01


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

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Rebecca has a background in biology and chemistry and completed her PhD “Developing novel reagents for characterising the B-cell autoimmune response in Type 1 Diabetes’ in January 2018, where she primarily developed and optimised novel methods of detecting islet autoantibodies associated with type 1 diabetes. Before starting her PhD, Rebecca worked in an islet autoantibody reference lab and provided technical support for a series of national and international research studies into the prediction and prevention of type 1 diabetes.

Since completing her PhD, she has studied the immunohistopathology of type 1 diabetes pancreata using state-of-the-art image analysis software. She is now investigating patients with extreme forms of diabetes including rare genetic forms and type 1 diabetes diagnosed in the first year of life.

She has also established and chaired the Biomedical Early Career Researchers Network to facilitate sharing of ideas and cross-discipline collaboration opportunities.


  • BSc (Hons)
  • PhD

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Research interests

  • Gene discovery in monogenic autoimmunity
  • Epigenetic profiling of regulatory T-cells in patients with Immune dysregulation, polyendocrinopathy, enteropathy, X-linked (IPEX) syndrome
  • Histology of Diabetes in Downs Syndrome
  • Autoantibody profiles in early onset type 1 diabetes and genetic forms of diabetes
  • Immunohistology of type 1 diabetes


  • University of Exeter Medical School – Supervisor of BSc research projects of final year and placement training year students
  • University of Exeter Medical School – Facilitator of problem-based learning sessions for 1st year medical students
  • University of Exeter Medical School – Delivered Special Study Unit to 1st year medical students

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