I am a PhD student in Prof Suzanne Dickson’s group at the Institute of Neuroscience & Physiology at the University of
Gothenburg (Sahlgrenska Academy).
During my BSc (Hons) in Biomedical Sciences (Physiology) at the University of Edinburgh, I developed strong interests in the mechanisms in the brain that regulate food consumption. For my PhD, I now study specific brain regions that play a role in feeding behaviours. I, indeed, investigate which brain areas and related circuits respond to the appetite-stimulating hormone ghrelin.
Ghrelin has recently been shown by colleagues to direct food choice towards healthier (less fat- and sugar-containing) foods in rats (Schéle et al. 2016). Studying the target brain circuits for ghrelin will therefore allow us to understand the neuronal mechanisms mediating this effect and provide new ways to think about food choice and how to improve it.
In my experiments, I am trying to understand the function of specific targets for ghrelin in the brain and how they control food-linked behaviours such as food choice.