My research is primarily focused on the field of behavioural neuroscience. I examine the central nervous systems regulation of food, fluid and nutrient intake. I also examine the effects of macro and micro nutrients on the brain and behaviour.
The primary goals of my lab are (1) to examine the mechanisms underlying obesity and (2) to examine how dietary changes alter behaviour. The lab uses both in vivo and in vitro models to examine transport of adiposity signals across the blood brain barrier. Techniques utilized by the lab include a range of genetic models, behavioural tests, small animal surgery and molecular approaches.
The cyclooxygenase-eicosanoid pathway and stress-induced spatial learning deficits.
Physiological factors altering transport of the adiposity signal insulin into the central nervous system.
The effect of dietary fatty acids and eicosanoid inhibition on the stress response.
What are the causal links between angiotensin, obesity and inflammation?
If you are interested in potential honours of higher degree projects, or if you would like to gain some experience in a neuroscience lab, email me to discuss the options available to you.
PSYC1011 - Psychology 1B
Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior.
International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids.
The Endocrine Society.
American Heart Association.
2009 - Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior, New Investigator Travel Award.
2012 - International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids (ISSFAL), New Investigator Award.