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N. (Nicole (Niki)) Gervais, PhD

Assistant Professor and Rosalind Franklin Fellow in behavioural and cognitive neuroscience



I am joined the neurobiology expertise groups at GELIFES in September 2023. My research explores diversity in vulnerability to neuropsychiatric conditions and responses to therapeutics. Specifically, this research programme aims to identify how and why individual factors (particularly sex) and different environmental conditions (social interactions, access to shelter, food) contribute to neuropsychiatric disease and treatment effectiveness by focusing on specific phenotypes relating to sleep-wake patterns, social interactions, and cognition across species. I hold a PhD in Psychology/Behavioural Neuroscience from Concordia University (Montréal, Québec), postdoctoral training (Amherst Massachusetts, USA and Toronto, Canada), and most recently, a Research Associate position at the Rotman Research Institute (Toronto, Canada), and University of Western Ontario (London, Canada). I have studied the importance of female physiology in sleep and cognition in rats, mice, marmosets, and humans. I have experience in behavioural methods (including assessment of cognitive function), neuroimaging (MRI & microscopy), sleep physiology, surgical techniques, hormone quantification, and pharmacological manipulations.

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