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Rebecca Woods

Rebecca Woods

Michael Smith Building
Oxford Road
M13 9PT


I obtained my BSc in Biomedical Genetics from Newcastle University in 2018, developing an interest in epigenetics and its role in disease development. I have also worked for 14 months as an R&D scientist in the Molecular Biology department at Allergan Biologics Ltd, working in protein and viral-gene therapies, with experience in various molecular analytical techniques. My BBSRC-funded PhD aims to investigate how maternal infection influences offspring neurodevelopment. Maternal immune activation is a risk factor for several neurodevelopmental disorders such as schizophrenia. I plan to focus on possible epigenetic mechanisms which may act as an intervening mechanism by which offspring neurodevelopment is disrupted following maternal infection during pregnancy.