Dr Linda Fothergill is a postdoctoral researcher in the Digestive Physiology Laboratory at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health.

Linda completed her PhD in Professor John Furness’s laboratory in the Anatomy and Neuroscience Department at the University of Melbourne, studying gastrointestinal hormones. During her PhD, she demonstrated that most hormones are co-stored in enteroendocrine cells, and that many co-expressed hormones are stored in separate vesicles. She has also studied the effects of TRPA1 activation on mucosal ion transport in mouse intestine and collaborated on agricultural projects investigating the effects of weaning and heat stress on the gastrointestinal tract in pigs.

Linda is employed in Prof John Furness’ laboratory as a Postdoctoral Researcher on a NHMRC Project grant focussed on gastrointestinal dysfunction in Parkinson’s Disease, as well as on an NIH grant investigating neural control of gastric hormone release. Linda is also involved in a collaborative project with Sebastian Furness at Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences. The aim of this project is to characterise the interaction between ghrelin receptors and dopamine D2 receptors in the defecation centre of the spinal cord. She has maintained an interest in characterising enteroendocrine cells throughout the gastrointestinal tract.

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