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Giulia Zavagno

Research Postgraduate (PhD)

Research Postgraduate (PhD) in the Department of Biosciences


Giulia began her PhD in October 2019 and is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and Northern Accelerator's Intensive Industurial Innovation Placement (IIIP) scheme. Her research is carried out with the industrial partner, Magnitude Biosciences.

She first arrived in Durham in 2015 to attain her BSc Biological Sciences (Hons), and completed a MRes Biosciences at the University of Bath in 2018-19 where she worked with Dr Araxi Urrutia to study gene family size evolution in fish, and Dr Paula Kover to discover the bacterial symbionts of Cakile maritima. She returned to Durham to work under Dr David Weinkove who she had carried out a funded summer studentship with in 2017. Her current project uses the microscopic nematode C. elegans as a model organism to study the link between neurodegeneration and ageing, using Magnitude Biosciences's novel automated monitoring technology.

Research interests

  • Ageing
  • Industrial Drug Discovery
  • Neurodegeneration