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Serena Briant

PhD, BSc (Hons)

Research Facilitator and Novo Nordisk Programme Manager

I am a Research Facilitator in the RDM Research Strategy and Funding team and primarily support early career researchers in submitting external fellowship applications. I meet with researchers who are looking to apply for fellowships or are considering whether other funding options might be more appropriate. I coordinate the RDM internal peer review process in order to strengthen fellowship applications, prior to submission, and organise mock interviews. 

I coordinate RDM's annual pump priming funding call. 

I am also Programme Manager for the Novo Nordisk - Oxford Fellowship Programme. I manage the annual call for projects, recruitment, budgeting, annual symposia and reporting back to our sponsor, Novo Nordisk.  

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.