Digestive Physiology and Nutrition Group

Our group focuses on digestive physiology and nutrition. We use animal models of digestive diseases, including inflammatory bowel disease.

Research interests

  • Gut-brain axis
  • Neuroimmune interactions
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Gastroparesis
  • Stem cell therapies
  • Hirschsprung disease
  • G protein coupled receptors (GPCR) as drug targets


  • Animal models of disease
  • High-resolution fluorescence microscopy
  • Electrophysiology
  • Stem cell biology

Research team

Research team head

Team members

Research fellows

  • Dr Lincon Stamp
  • Dr Juan Molero
  • Dr Cameron Adams

Research and technical staff

  • Madeleine Di Natale
  • Enie Lei
  • Billie Hunne

Selected publications

  • Di Natale M R, Athavale O N, Wang X, Du P, Cheng L K, Liu Z and Furness J B (2023), ‘Functional and anatomical gastric regions and their relations to motility control’, Neurogastroenterology and Motility: The Official Journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society, Mar 13:e14560, doi:10.1111/nmo.14560.
  • Wang X, Cao J, Han K, Cho M, She Y, Scheven U, Avci R, Du P, Cheng L K, Natale M R D, Furness J B and Liu Z (2023), ‘Diffeomorphic surface modeling for MRI-based characterization of gastric anatomy and motility’, IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, doi:10.1109/TBME.2023.3234509.

Contact us

Professor John Furness

Group Head
[email protected]