Dr. Paul Weightman Potter
Medical School Building F08.C
Medical School Building, St Luke's Campus, Magdalen Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK
Dr Paul Weightman Potter completed his degree in Biology with a Professional Placement year (BSc Hons; University of Bath) in 2015. He then begun his career at the University of Exeter as a PhD student under the supervision of Dr Craig Beall. His doctoral studies focused on how human astrocytes adapt their metabolism to repeated low glucose exposure; mimicking repeated hypoglycaemia experienced by people with Type 1 Diabetes.
Paul continued his work as a postdoctoral research associate in Dr Craig Beall’s lab before being awarded a prestigious JDRF Research Fellowship. During this time he developed a range of skills for investigating brain cell metabolism and inflammatory functions which furthered our understanding of the alternative fuel hypothesis in glial cells.
As of July 2023 Paul has his own lab which more broadly explores brain energetics in health and disease. This includes collaborations with the Exeter Head Impacts, Brain Injury and Trauma (ExHIBIT) group; investigating the immunometabolic state of the brain following injury. Paul is continuing his diabetes research into glial-control of glucose sensing too.
- PhD in Neuroscience, University of Exeter, 2015-2019
- BSc(Hons) First Class, Biology with Professional Placement year, University of Bath