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Jennifer Richard

Postdoctoral Fellow

University of British Columbia

Discovery (Biological & Genetic Mechanisms)

Laboratory of Behavioural Neuroendocrinology

My research focuses on the effects of diet and metabolic status on learning and memory and sex differences in these effects. I finished my BSc and MSc in Pharmacology at the University of Gothenburg (Gothenburg, Sweden) and completed my PhD at the Institution for Neuroscience and Physiology and the University of Gothenburg in January 2020 under the supervision of Dr. Karolina Skibicka. During my graduate work, I explored the central effects of the endogenous hormone glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1), and synthetic analogs, on food intake and food-reward behavior, including sex-specific effects. As part of the Galea lab, I aim to widen my area of expertise to explore potential effects of diet, body weight state and sex on learning and memory, including effects of GLP-1. Outside of the lab, I enjoy spending time with my husband and two sons, preferably in nature. Together, we enjoy travelling and trying new foods. I also have a passion of knowledge translation, especially pertaining to topics related to women and motherhood.

Area of Research Expertise
Food intake; Food-reward behaviour; Sex; Learning; Memory; GLP-1