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Nina Rzechorzek

UoE Honorary staff

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Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Edinburgh
Hypothermic preconditioning in human cortical neurons: coupling neuroprotection to ontogenic reversal of tau
Master of Arts, University of Cambridge
Veterinary Medicine
Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine (Cambridge), University of Cambridge
Bachelor of Arts, University of Cambridge
Pre-clinical Veterinary Medicine
Bachelor of Science, The University of Edinburgh
Elafin sculptures the local and contralateral ovine pulmonary response to lipopolysaccharide (LPS)

Professional Qualifications

Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, MRCVS

Administrative Roles



Board-eligible Specialist in Veterinary Neurology and Neurosurgery

Dr Rzechorzek recently completed a 7-year Wellcome Trust Integrated Training Fellowship for Veterinarians at The University of Edinburgh.  Following a BSc with Honours in Physiology at The University of Edinburgh in 2004, Nina moved to Cambridge to train in Veterinary Medicine, gaining Membership of The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2010.  After a period in private companion animal practice in Warwickshire, she returned to Edinburgh in 2012 to complete a PhD in Molecular and Clinical Medicine in the Chandran lab, focused on tau protein and hypothermic preconditioning in human pluripotent stem cell-derived cortical neurons.  Having undertaken specialist training in Veterinary Neurology and Neurosurgery, Nina combines clinical work with post-doctoral research, extending the themes of neuro-glial cryobiology and proteostatic priming in the context of neuroprotection-regeneration.  Her clinical research exploits advances in neuroimaging and next generation sequencing to improve ante-mortem diagnostics and therapy for central nervous system disorders in veterinary species.  Alongside this, Nina is developing the biobanking resources needed to establish and validate spontaneous companion animal models of human neurodegenerative disorders through matched clinical and molecular phenotyping.  Nina is currently undertaking postdoctoral work at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, exploring circadian physiology in human neural systems.  She was recently awarded an MRC Clinician Scientist Fellowship to continue her research into brain temperature and neural clocks, launching the Circadian Brain Temperature (CiBraT) Study in June 2019.

Highlighted research outputs

  1. Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease prion propagation in human iPS cells-derived astrocytes

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  2. Diagnosing limb paresis and paralysis in sheep

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Highlighted research activities & awards

  1. 2nd British Veterinary Neurology Society Annual Meeting - Advances in Brain Surgery

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

  2. R(D)SVS and Roslin Insitute Royal Highland Show Stand 2016

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Engagement – Festival/Exhibition

  3. Brain Camp 2016

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesProfessional Development and Training

  4. Neurodegenerative Diseases: Biology & Therapeutics

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

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Latest prizes

  1. MRC Clinician Scientist Fellowship

    Prize: Fellowships awarded competitively

  2. Clinical Scholar Poster Prize

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

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