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Jessica Abele

MPhil, MSc


DPhil in Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics

In the group of Dr. Ana Domingos, I study the carotid body as a multimodal integrated metabolic sensor and its relevance in obesity. Specifically, I am exploring the link between obesity and carotid body functionality involving neuroimmune mechanisms and altered signaling. 

I will use a multi-disciplinary approach involving advanced imaging, flow cytometry, and single-cell RNA sequencing techniques with the ultimate goal to establish the carotid body as a potential therapeutic target for the treatment of sympathetically mediated diseases. 

I obtained my BSc degree in Molecular and Technical Medicine at Furtwangen University in Germany where I developed a particular interest in neurobiology and the functioning of the immune system. Afterwards, I undertook an MSc in Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Freiburg working together with Prof. Ben Davis at the University of Oxford.  Subsequently, I received an MPhil in Bioscience Enterprise from the University of Cambridge which focused on entrepreneurial and management skills regarding the drug development process and the translation of research to commercial products.