Cookies on this website
We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you click 'Continue' we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies and you won't see this message again. Click 'Find out more' for information on how to change your cookie settings.

Serena Briant

PhD, BSc (Hons)


Assistant Research Facilitator

  • Operations Manager to the Novo Nordisk - Oxford Fellowship Programme

I have primary oversight of the Novo Nordisk Fellowship Programme. I am responsible for recruitment, budgeting, organising annual symposia and other events and reporting back to our sponsor, Novo Nordisk.  

I work closely with the Research Strategy Coordinator in RDM, Ruth McCaffrey, in coordinating internal funding calls (John Fell Fund, Medical Sciences Internal Fund, RDM Pump Priming funding etc). I also support early career researchers in applying for funding, identify new funding opportunities for the department, maintain the RDM Funding Database and write RDM Funding Bulletins.  

I am Secretary of the RDM Career Development Committee and am involved in leading some of the initiatives of this committee, such as organising training sessions and the RDM Careers Day.  

I provide other administrative and organisational support to RDM, such as by overseeing key aspects of the RDM Annual Symposium and running the RDM Image Competition.  

I joined the University of Oxford in 2015, working as a Research Administrator for the Oxford Alzheimer's Research UK Network Centre and Oxford Parkinson's Disease Centre, based within the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics. I am a scientist by training, with a background in autonomic neuroscience. I obtained an undergraduate degree in Physiological Science in 2010 and then went on to complete a PhD in Systems Neuroscience in 2014, both at the University of Bristol.