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MRC Clinician Scientist Fellow

Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Neurology (ECVN)

Nina is an MRC Clinician Scientist Fellow, hosted by the O’Neill Lab at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge. Having studied Physiology (Edinburgh) and Veterinary Medicine (Cambridge), Nina was awarded a Wellcome Clinical Fellowship to undertake doctoral research and specialist training in Veterinary Neurology & Neurosurgery in Edinburgh; her PhD in the Chandran Lab explored hypothermic preconditioning in human neural systems. Nina’s current work focuses on the interaction between brain temperature and the neural molecular clock, aiming to unravel the temperature paradox of circadian rhythmicity and its relevance to acute and chronic brain disorders. Leading the Circadian Brain Temperature (CiBraT) Study, Nina established the first 4D map of human brain temperature (HEATWAVE), identifying a daily rhythm in brain temperature as the strongest single predictor of survival after traumatic brain injury. Combining physiology and biological timekeeping, Nina is Chief Investigator for the RESET trial (ISRCTN76074900) testing a novel intervention to treat jetlag and improve sleep in the context of high altitude hypoxia. An EBVS® European Specialist and Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Neurology, Nina has a keen interest in brains of all shapes and sizes. In her spare time, Nina supervises undergraduate Physiology at the University of Cambridge and serves on the Management Committee for the charity APEX (Altitude Physiology Expeditions As a founding Team Member of the research network BioClocks UK, Nina is passionate about supporting chronobiological researchers at all career stages.

Education/Academic qualification

Veterinary Neurology & Neurosurgery, Postgraduate Diploma, Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Neurology (DipECVN), European College of Veterinary Neurology

Award Date: 28 Feb 2022

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Hypothermic preconditioning in human cortical neurons: coupling neuroprotection to ontogenic reversal of tau, University of Edinburgh

Award Date: 6 Jun 2015

Master of Arts, Veterinary Medicine, University of Cambridge

Award Date: 1 Jan 2011

Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine (Cambridge), University of Cambridge

Award Date: 26 Jun 2010

Bachelor of Arts, Pre-clinical Veterinary Medicine, University of Cambridge

Award Date: 1 Jan 2007

Bachelor of Science, Elafin sculptures the local and contralateral ovine pulmonary response to lipopolysaccharide (LPS) , The University of Edinburgh

Award Date: 1 Jan 2005

External positions

MRC Clinician Scientist Fellow, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology

8 Apr 201815 Oct 2024


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