Shalinee Dhayal obtained her PhD from Penisnsula College of Medicine and Dentistry, at the University of Exeter and Plymouth in 2008.  Shalinee then worked with Professor Noel Morgan developing an interest in understanding the role of long chain fatty acids in pancreatic beta cell function and viability, particularly molecular mechanism involved in the cytoprotective effects of unsaturated fatty acids.  She expanded her research interests in understanding the aetiology of Type 1 Diabetes; studying the possible role of enteroviruses in the pathogenesis of type 1 diabetes.  In 2014 she took a break to raise a family and has now rejoined our team and will be investigating the role of Signal Transducer and Activator of Transcription (STAT) molecules in the aetiology of Type 1 Diabetes. 


Q. What does a “day in the life of” look like for you?

A. At the moment I am getting used to my new routine of being a working mum.  It’s exciting but also slightly daunting.  I get up at 6 every morning now to get everything done and to get my little boy off to school before travelling 2 and a ½ hours to Exeter.  I am relocating to Exeter very soon and I am really looking forward to it!  I’m really enjoying being back in the lab after a four year break!


Q. What made you want to work in your current job?

A. I love research I love being in the lab finding out new things, no two days are ever alike!  Not to mention the fact that Noel and Sarah are fabulous to work with!


Q. When you’re not working, what do you like to do for fun?

A. I like to spend time with my family and friends and I love sitting down with a glass of prosecco watching a good movie be it Bollywood or Hollywood!



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