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2020 Fellow

Amy Shepherd

PhD Institution
University of Melbourne

Amy is a behavioral neuroscientist interested in improving interventions for sufferers of diseases such as Alzheimer’s. During her PhD, she developed and characterized a touchscreen-based mouse model to help us better understand and expand the effectiveness of similar assessments and therapies used with human patients. As a Schmidt Science Fellow, Amy plans to study the role of the millions of neurons in the human gut and the link between gastrointestinal symptoms and neurological disease. She believes that understanding the interplay between specific gut-resident nerve cells, the immune system, and the gut could improve our understanding of many brain and gut disorders.