Dr Fabien Naneix

Dr Fabien Naneix


Dr Fabien Naneix
Dr Fabien Naneix

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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 University of Bordeaux 2012
MSc, Neuroscience and Neuropsychopharmacology University of Bordeaux 2008
BSc, Cellular Biology and Physiology University of Bordeaux 2006

External Memberships and Affiliations

Membership of professional Organisations

Société des Neurosciences (France)

European Brain and Behaviour Society (EEBS)

European Behavioural Pharmacology Society (EBPS)

British Neuroscience Association (BNA)

The Physiology Society

Society for Neuroscience

Prizes and Awards

The Royal Society - Research Grant (2021-2022), £20,000


Research Areas


  • Animal Behaviour
  • Neuroscience
  • 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

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.

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 Funding and Grants

The Royal Society - Research Grant (2021-2022), £20,000





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