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Miss Imogen Louisa Targett BSc (Hons)

MRes Advanced Biological Science student

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Imogen Targett is an MRes Advanced Biological Science student within the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Southampton.

I graduated from The University of The West of England, Bristol (UWE) in 2020 with a BSc (Hons) in Biological Sciences.

My dissertation was focused on the link between Alzheimer’s disease and type 2 diabetes mellitus through exploring the effect of diabetic risk factors on AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) activation in neuronal cells.

Research interests

I am very interested in researching Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and how environmental factors (such as inflammation, stress and diet) can contribute to the progression of the disease. Currently, my research project is investigating the effect of low dose LPS on proliferation of microglial cells to see how mild inflammation could predispose us to develop and increase the severity of AD.

In 2018, I undertook a 12 month research placement under Dr Gretchen Neigh at Virginia Commonwealth University, USA. My work involved investigating sex specific effects of diet and psychosocial induced stress and neuroinflammation on cognition in rodent models.

Why I chose MRes Advanced Biological Science

I chose an MRes in Advanced Biological Sciences as I wish to strengthen my knowledge in the field of neuroscience. I was also particularly attracted to the comprehensive research component, so I am able to dedicate more time to my project.

Aims for the future

I hope to continue my ambition for neuroscience through a PhD relating to Alzheimer’s disease or other neurodegenerative diseases.

Supervisor: Dr Diego Gomez-Nicola

Research group


Affiliate research group

MRes Advanced Biological Science

Miss Imogen Louisa Targett
School of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Environmental and Life Sciences
Life Sciences Building 85
University of Southampton
Highfield Campus
SO17 1BJ

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