Dr Fabien Naneix

Dr Fabien Naneix
Dr Fabien Naneix
Dr Fabien Naneix



Accepting PhDs

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4.048 The Rowett Institute
Foresterhill Campus
AB25 2ZD

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School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition


Fabien obtained his PhD in Neuroscience in 2012 from the University of Bordeaux (France) under the supervision of Dr Etienne Coutureau in the Decision and Adaptation team. During his PhD he investigated the role of the mesocortical dopamine pathway in goal-directed behaviour and its maturation during adolescence.

He stayed in Bordeaux for his first postdocs with Dr Martine Cador (Neuropsychopharmacology of Addiction team) and Dr Guillaume Ferreira (Laboratory of Nutrition and Integrative Neurobiology) to work on the long-term impact of sugar and high-fat diet overconsumption during adolescence on reward and memory processes.

In 2017, Fabien moved to the University of Leicester (England) to work as a postdoc with Dr James McCutcheon on the neurobiological circuits underlying protein appetite. In June 2020, Fabien is joining the Rowett Institute as Lecturer in Neuroscience.


  • PhD Neuroscience 
    2012 - University of Bordeaux 
  • MSc Neuroscience and Neuropsychopharmacology 
    2008 - University of Bordeaux 
  • BSc Cellular Biology and Physiology 
    2006 - University of Bordeaux 

Memberships and Affiliations

Internal Memberships

Aberdeen Cardiovascular and Diabetes Centre

BSU scientific committee

Foresterhill Biological Safety Committee

SMMSN Laboratory Sustainability Group

The Rowett Institute Ethics Committee panel member

External Memberships

Membership of professional Organisations

Société des Neurosciences (France)

European Brain and Behaviour Society (EEBS) (Executive committee 2023-2026)

British Neuroscience Association (BNA)

Latest Publications

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Prizes and Awards

2019- EBBS 2019 Travel award (Elsevier-Brain and Behaviour Research)

2019- The Physiology Society travel award

2018- Research Leadership Programme, University of Leicester.

2017- Postdoc Prize talk (Dept. of Neuroscience, Psychology and Behaviour, University of Leicester)


Research Overview

Developmental aspects of normal and pathological food related behaviours


Control of food intake in a dynamic environment requires complex cognitive processes integrating internal and external information to support approach and food-seeking behaviours.

Early stages of life (childhood, adolescence) represent critical vulnerability windows and previous work suggests that the exposure to external factors such as diet habits during development may alter cognitive and neurobiological maturation.

Research Areas

Accepting PhDs

I am currently accepting PhDs in Biomedical Sciences.

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Biomedical Sciences

Accepting PhDs

Nutrition and Health

Research Specialisms

  • Neuroscience
  • Animal Behaviour
  • Nutrition

Our research specialisms are based on the Higher Education Classification of Subjects (HECoS) which is HESA open data, published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence.

Current Research

Our research aims to investigate 1) how cognitive processes underlying food related behaviours and their neurobiological substrates are changing throughout development, and 2) how nutritional environment may affect these maturation processes and lead to pathological states, especially obesity and other food-related disorders.

To answer these questions we combine behavioural analyses (Pavlovian and instrumental conditioning) with in vivo recordings/manipulation of targeted brain circuits and ex vivo measures of brain function.


Research Team

Knowledge Exchange

Explorathon 21 (Aberdeen Science Centre Takeover)

Funding and Grants

The Royal Society - Research Grant (2021-2022)

Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund - ISSF (2021)

The Tenovus Scotland - Small Pilot Grant  (2021-2022)

The Academy of Medical Sciences - Springboard award (2022-2024)

BBSRC New Investigator (2024-2027)


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