Dr Noémie Hamilton


Department of Infection, Immunity and Cardiovascular Disease

ELA International Research Fellow

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Dr Noémie Hamilton
Department of Infection, Immunity and Cardiovascular Disease
The Bateson Centre
Firth Court
Western Bank
S10 2TN

I joined the University of Sheffield in 2015 to work with zebrafish models of auto-inflammatory neurological disorders. My interest in disease modelling using zebrafish started early when I went to the University of Manchester with my ERASMUS bursary for a 6-month placement in Dr Hurlstone’s lab.

I continued my training using zebrafish as an animal model during my PhD and my post doctoral positions in Germany and in the UK, using zebrafish in cancer and neurological disease modelling.

I also worked for a short period of time with Astyanax Mexicanus, another fish model to study eye degeneration and heart regeneration.

2016-2010: PhD in genetics- University of Manchester (Supervisor: Dr Adam Hurlstone)
2010-2012: Post Doctoral Associate in Universitat Georg August Goettingen, Germany (Geartner/Henneke group)
2012-2015: Post Doctoral Associate at UCL (Prof Whitmore Group/ Dr Yamamoto/ Dr Mommersteeg)
2015-2016: Post Doctoral Associate at University of Sheffield (Prof Renshaw/Prof Sabroe)
2017-Present: ELA Research Fellow at University of Sheffield

Research interests

My research interests are to dissect the mechanism of auto-inflammatory neurological disorders using zebrafish as an animal model.

My current fellowship is entitled: A zebrafish model to identify new therapeutic strategies for RNAseT2-deficient cystic leukoencephalopathy without megalencephaly.

Current Projects

  • Elucidate the role of endogenous retrovirus in neurological disorders.
  • Identifying therapeutic drugs to reverse brain inflammation in rnaset2 zebrafish mutants.
  • Develop Gadolinium-based MRI to detect white matter lesions in live zebrafish brain.

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Fellowship from European Leukodystrophy Association (ELA)

Pump Priming award from the Neuroscience Institute to develop live zebrafish MRI.

Teaching interests

My teaching activities will start in 2018 in the Translational Neuroscience MSc course, teaching about Endogenous Retrovirus and neurodegenerative diseases.

I also teach on the Molecular Medicine MSc course, spreading the love for zebrafish as models for human diseases.