Rebecca George

Rebecca George

School of Agriculture, Food and Wine

Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology

Rebecca George completed her PhD at the University of Adelaide in 2021, working under the supervision of Dr Whittaker and Prof. Howarth. After achieving first class honours in BSc (Animal Science), Rebecca commenced her PhD research, examining the effect of chemotherapy on emotion and cognitive processing. Her research focused on both chemotherapy-induced gut toxicity (CIGT) and cognitive impairment (CICI) with a focus on neuroimmune activation as a potential driving mechanism. Further, her research investigated CIGT and CICI with a focus on assessment of emerging methods to measure affective state and cognition in a rat model, to improve translational validity and improve animal welfare. She has previous experience in performing behavioural tests in rodents, for example in the investigation of novel cognitive bias tests to assess emotional states in mice and rats, and has also been involved in therapeutic studies in rodent gastrointestinal disease models. Rebecca is a passionate and personable all-rounder, who thrives working in a scientific research environment and is actively involved in the Animal Welfare and Cognitive Affective Neuroscience (AWCAN) research group. She enjoys teaching and mentoring students, and undertakes numerous educator roles including; co-supervising honours students, guest lecturing, course coordinating, tutoring and laboratory demonstrating. She has received several prizes throughout her PhD studies, including a School publication quality prize and poster awards.



  • Other Supervision Activities

    Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name
    2020 - 2020 Co-Supervisor Role of the neuroimmune response in chemobrain The University of Adelaide Honours in Health and Medical Sciences Honours Olivia Haller
    2019 - 2019 Co-Supervisor Are there gender difference in predisposition to Chemotherapy-induced Cognitive Impairment The University of Adelaide Honours in Animal Science Honours Carolyn Mitchell
    2018 - 2018 Co-Supervisor Validation of an Attention Bias Model of Affective State in Mice The University of Adelaide Honours in Animal Science Honours Sheryn Thomas
    2017 - 2017 Co-Supervisor The role of empathy in influencing cognitive biasing The University of Adelaide Honours in Animal Science Honours Peta Groves

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