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Lydia Kitchen

Research Postgraduate (PhD)

Research Postgraduate (PhD) in the Department of Biosciences


PhD project

Investigating the use of IR1068 light therapy to regulate the inflammatory, immune and thrombotic responses to COVID-19, both in vitro and in vivo, with particular focus on neuroprotection.

Working thesis title: Photobiomodulation approach for COVID-19 treatment in Drosophila melanogaster: validation and mechanism


Natural Sciences BSc in Biology and Chemistry from Durham University (2020).

Final year literature review titled 'The role of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) in the pathophysiology and treatment of major depressive disorder' 

Research interests

  • Drosophila
  • Neurobiology of mental illnesses
  • Neuroscience
  • Photobiomodulation
  • Viral infection
  • Science outreach