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Laura McKillop

Novo Nordisk Postdoctoral Fellow

  • Postdoctoral Research Scientist


I started my Novo Nordisk Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in September 2018, working with Associate Professor Vladyslav Vyazovskiy and Dr James Cantley in the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics and Associate Professor Stuart Peirson in the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences. The aim of this project is to investigate the link between glucose homeostasis and fasting-induced torpor in mice. This project draws on my previous experience recording brain activity using complex electrophysiological techniques such as electroencephalography (EEG), and will also establish a new technique of continuous glucose monitoring (CGM), which allows for continuous recording of blood glucose, core body temperature and activity in mice. This is an exciting opportunity to investigate the physiological mechanisms and the potential metabolic costs associated with torpor.


I hold a BSc Medical Sciences (Industrial) degree from the University of Leeds, with a specialisation in neuroscience. My DPhil was in the laboratory of Associate Professor Vladyslav Vyazovskiy in the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics (DPAG) at the University of Oxford. The main aim of my DPhil was to characterise the cortical neural activity underlying the effects of ageing on sleep. In particular, I was interested in how properties of slow waves, the predominant brain oscillation occurring during non-rapid eye movement (NREM) sleep, are affected by ageing. Both my BSc and DPhil were in collaboration with the pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly, UK.

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