BrainsCAN Research Fellow at Western University’s Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University

I'm a neuroscientist with broad training in behaviour, molecular biology and neurochemistry. I’m passionate about uncovering how what we eat influences brain function and mental wellbeing.

I want to find out what happens to the brain when it is exposed to certain environmental changes – such as junk food diets, and how this changes behaviour.

In particular, I’m interested in how these changes could predispose individuals to the development of mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety and eating disorders.

Finding out how the brain is changed following exposure to diet or lifestyle modifications can tell us about how to develop better therapies for people experiencing mood disorders, maladaptive eating, and obesity.

In an academic setting, I have published 40 peer reviewed manuscripts in leading neuroscience, nutrition and health journals and I have received over $1.6 Million (AUD) in research funding.

Outside of academia, I am a passionate science communicator exemplified by my multiple awards in science communication (including a Young Tall Poppy Award, NSW 2015) and invited TEDxSydney 2016 talk (https://tedxsydney.com/talk/this-is-your-brain-on-sugar-amy-reichelt/)

Experience

  • 2018–present
    Senior Research Fellow (Honorary) , Florey Neurosciences Institute
  • 2018–present
    BrainsCAN Tier 1 Research Associate, Western University
  • 2016–2018
    Lecturer, RMIT University
  • 2013–2016
    Senior research associate, UNSW Sydney

Education

  • 2011 
    Cardiff University, PhD
  • 2006 
    University of Birmingham, BSc (Hons)

Grants and Contracts

  • 2017
    Novel pharmacological strategies to treat cognitive dysfunction in COPD
    Role:
    PI
    Funding Source:
    National Health and Medical Research Council
  • 2017
    Functional impact of high energy diets on memory encoding
    Role:
    PI
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council
  • 2014
    Does obesity alter psychological associations to food related cues, contexts and responses?
    Role:
    PI
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council

Research Areas

  • Memory Structures (100604)
  • Neurosciences (1109)
  • Biological Psychology (Neuropsychology, Psychopharmacology, Physiological Psychology) (170101)

Honours

AIPS Young Tall Poppy NSW 2015, TEDxSydney 2016 Speaker, RMIT Media Star 2017,