Dr Noémie Hamilton


Clinical Medicine, School of Medicine and Population Health

Honorary Fellow

+44 114 222 2769

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Dr Noémie Hamilton
Clinical Medicine, School of Medicine and Population Health
The Bateson Centre
The Medical School
Beech Hill Road
S10 2RX

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).
2017-2023: ELA Research Fellow at University of Sheffield.
2023-Present: Lecturer at University of York.

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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Professional activities and memberships
  • Teaching on Masters courses Translational Neuroscience MSc and Molecular Medicine MSc.
  • Supervisor of Students (bachelors, masters, PhD).
  • Editor of FishForScience.org website.
  • Reviewer for journal and funding agencies.
  • Member of the Zebrafish Disease Model Society and British Society of Immunology.
  • Departmental champion for the MDHRSA (2019-2021).
  • Member of the Early Career Group (ECG) (2019-2021).
Funding and awards
  • White Rose Collaboration Fund.
  • Research Grant from Legacy of Angels Foundation.
  • Jules Thorn Scholarship award.
  • Fellowship from European Leukodystrophy Association (ELA).
  • Pump Priming award from the Neuroscience Institute to develop live zebrafish MRI.
  • 2020 Early Career Researcher award (Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry & Health).