Talitha is an applied neurophysiologist with a special interest in stem cell biology, in particular the use of induced pluripotent stem cells as a model of neurodegenerative diseases. Her research focuses on the role of neuroglia and neuro-inflammation in diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. She is also interested in the development of new technologies in stem cell research.
Talitha graduated from the University of Bristol with a BSc (Hons) in Anatomical Sciences. She subsequently obtained her PhD at the University of Leeds in Neurophysiology. Talitha then took up a postdoctoral position at the University of Bristol investigating the underlying mechanisms of stress and its impact on developing Alzheimer’s disease. She then relocated to the University of Exeter where she continued her research on intrinsic mechanisms of excitability at the single cell level. During her academic career, Dr Kerrigan has taught on a wide range of undergraduate courses and completed her postgraduate certificate in academic practice (PCAP) in 2015. More recently she was appointed as Lecturer at the University of Exeter Medical School.