Medicine and Health

Our research is globally recognised and our partnerships with healthcare providers, industry and above all, the public, mean that this work is constantly at the cutting-edge of innovation in improving lives.

Our research is driven by important clinical questions and solving future health challenges. Our areas of research strength include: diabetes, cardiovascular risk and ageing; neuroscience and mental health (especially in cognitive health and dementia); environment and human health; health perceptions and health-related behaviour change as well as health services research, including public health.

As a research student you will join a thriving research community and benefit from dedicated and knowledgeable supervision and access to outstanding facilities.  We can offer a wide range of supervision across our core research areas and are also involved with interdisciplinary research with other Colleges at Exeter. Our research is organised within two Institutes:

Application deadline 5 January 2022.


Research Projects

  • The Neuroscience of Imagination and Creativity: Neuroimaging, Electroencephalography, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, and Neuropsychological testing (Dr Crawford Winlove) contact email
  • Cutting-edge biophotonic tools for probing extracellular matrix mechanics in living tissues (Supervisors: Dr Chris Scotton and Dr Ben Sherlock) contact email
  • Evolution of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in livestock farming systems (William Gaze) contact email

  • Potential use of plant secondary metabolites as adjunctive compounds in photodynamic therapy of skin cancer (Paul Winyard) contact email
  • Developing a revolutionary multipurpose biomarker for motor neurone disease (Andrew Crosby) contact email

  • Exploring genetic variation in endothelial cells functional phenotypes. (Mattia Frontini) contact email
  • Exploring the synthesis and biological value of marine product-inspired compounds, for the treatment of human diseases (Jinwei Zhang) contact email
  • MicroRNA profiling in Parkinson's disease (Anna Migdalska-Richards) contact email

  • Modulation of epithelial-mesenchymal transitions and alternative splicing in prostate cancer (Seb Oltean) contact email
  • Understanding the causal links between metabolic and mental health in diverse ancestry populations (Jess Tyrrell) contact email
  • Using state-of-the-art imaging to dissect the immunopathology of Type 1 diabetes (Sarah Richardson) contact email

  • Developing a better research pathway to evaluate new medical tests. Learning from the evolution of research on evaluations of tests for COVID and identifying ways in which key questions could have been answered more quickly and efficiently. (Christopher Hyde) contact email
  • Using machine learning to identify drug-vaccine interactions in electronic health record data (William Henley) contact email

  • Drug discovery for lung disease using in vitro disease models and cutting-edge screening technology (Chris Scotton) contact email

  • Electrophysiology without electrodes: developing new tools to study the activity of hormone secreting cells  (Joel Tabak) contact email

  • Modelling factors that influence glycated haemoglobin (HbA1c) variation in the general population (Professor Inês Barroso) contact email
  • Phospho-regulation on KCC2 and NKCC1 as a novel therapeutic target for epilepsy and related disorders (Dr Jinwei Zhang) contact email
  • Charting human early embryo development using naïve stem cell derived blastoid model.  (Dr Ge Guo) contact email

  • Investigating the neural regulation of pancreas function and regeneration (Dr. Yu Hsuan Carol Yang) contact email

  • The role of GABA signalling in the electrical timekeeping of the master circadian clock to drive circadian rhythms (Dr Mino Belle) contact email

  • Uncovering the physical interactions between transcription factors and nucleosomes in gene regulation  (Dr. Nick Owens) contact email

  • Food fight: how a human fungal pathogen feeds inside mammalian hosts  (Dr Carolina Coelho) contact email

  • Deadly fungus in the brain: Impact of infection on immunometabolic responses in glia  (Dr. Carolina Coelho) contact email

  • Identifying circulating cell-free DNA modification biomarkers for neurodegenerative disorders (Dr Emma Dempster) contact email
  • Genetic approaches to improve our understanding of how socio-cultural factors influence causal relationships between obesity and a range of outcomes  (Dr Jess Tyrrell) contact email

  • Urban parks and the health of internal migrants  (Dr Benedict Wheeler) contact email
  • Regulation of angiogenesis by alternative splicing  (Prof Seb Oltean) contact email

  • Novel compounds that slow diabetic nephropathy progression by modulation of VEGF-A alternative splicing  (Prof Seb Oltean) contact email