Dr Gabriella Aviello
My name is Gabriella Aviello and I am a MRC Discovery research fellow at the University of Aberdeen. After several years spent in Dublin studying biological mechanisms controlling host-microbiota interactions, I moved to the Rowett Institute, a world-class Institute for metabolic research, to pursue my interest in brain control of gastrointestinal pathophysiology.
Besides several comorbidities, obesity is associated with dysbiosis, inflammation and altered intestinal barrier permeability. However, whether and how these peripheral phenomena impact on brain circuits controlling energy balance is unknown.
Here at the Rowett Institute I have the opportunity to collaborate with neuroscientists, microbiologists and nutritionists, and I have access to the most advanced neuroscience techniques, including in vivo genome editing by CRISPR/Cas9.
With my MRC Discovery fellowship I kick-started a new line of research focused on the role of gut and gut-derived signals as a major influence on the neurobiology of food intake during inflammatory conditions and I aim to continue this exciting research by securing further funding.