Paula Trotter
Lecturer
Email: p.d.trotter@ljmu.ac.uk

University Profile

Bio:

I’m currently Lecturing in Psychology here at LJMU. I started here in 2013 as a postdoctoral researcher, working with Francis McGlone and Susannah Walker on a Leverhulme Trust grant, researching the role of serotonin in psychological responses to affective touch.

I completed my undergraduate degree in Pharmacology and Physiology at The University of Manchester. My undergraduate degree included a placement year working for Boehringer Ingelheim in Germany, researching small interfering RNA technology.

Following my undergraduate degree, I moved into clinical research and completed my PhD researching neurobiological mechanisms of affective touch and their role in depression at the Neuroscience and Psychiatry Unit, The University of Manchester. I remained at the Neuroscience and Psychiatry Unit for my first postdoctoral research position, investigating the neurobiology of resilience to depression.

My research is focused on neurobiological mechanisms of C-tactile afferent (CT) responses. I am particularly interested in the role of serotonin in the encoding of CT stimulation, with a view to understanding the importance of CT activating touch in the promotion of general well-being and prevention of psychiatric disorders for which deficient serotonin function is implicated.


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