Eva Maier

Postdoctoral Scientist at AgResearch, Palmerston North, New Zealand

Eva Maier is currently working as a Postdoctoral Scientist at AgResearch in Palmerston North, New Zealand. Her research focuses on deciphering the mechanisms of the gut-brain axis, particularly the links between gut barrier dysfunction and neuroinflammation. Prior to her postdoctoral research, Eva completed her PhD in Nutritional Science at Massey University based at AgResearch.

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Investigating host-microbe interactions and mechanisms of the gut-brain axis in vitro

  • A dual-environment model of the gut has been developed that allows the co-culture of live anaerobic gut bacteria and oxygen-requiring human cells
  • This gut model has been proven to be more representative of the gut than conventional in vitro models
  • The gut model will be extended to a three stage gut-brain culture system which will be used to investigate the mechanisms of the gut-brain axis