Dr Nina Rzechorzek (BSc (Hons) MA PhD VetMB MRCVS)

Wellcome Clinical Fellow


Dr Rzechorzek is currently undertaking a 6-year Wellcome Trust Integrated Training Fellowship for Veterinarians at The University of Edinburgh.  Completing a BSc with Honours in Physiology at The University of Edinburgh in 2004, Nina then moved to Cambridge to train in Veterinary Medicine, gaining Membership of The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2010.  After a period in private companion animal practice in Warwickshire, she returned to Edinburgh in 2012 to complete a PhD in Molecular and Clinical Medicine in the Chandran lab, focused on tau protein and hypothermic preconditioning in human pluripotent stem cell-derived cortical neurons.  Pursuing specialist training in Veterinary Neurology and Neurosurgery, Nina combines clinical work with post-doctoral research, extending the themes of neuro-glial cryobiology and proteostatic priming in the context of neuroprotection-regeneration.  Her clinical research exploits advances in neuroimaging and next generation sequencing to improve ante-mortem diagnostics and therapy for central nervous system disorders in veterinary species.  Alongside this, Nina is developing the biobanking resources needed to establish and validate spontaneous companion animal models of human neurodegenerative disorders through matched clinical and molecular phenotyping.  She is driven to foster cross-translational efforts between human and veterinary neurology, from molecular/mechanistic understanding to the point of clinical application


PhD, Molecular and Clinical Medicine, University of Edinburgh (Hypothermic preconditioning in human cortical neurons: coupling neuroprotection to ontogenic reversal of tau)

MA, Veterinary Medicine, University of Cambridge VetMB MRCVS, Veterinary Medicine, University of Cambridge

BA, Pre-Clinical Veterinary Medicine, University of Cambridge

BSc (Hons) Physiology, The University of Edinburgh (Elafin sculptures the local and contralateral ovine pulmonary response to lipopolysaccharide (LPS))

Responsibilities & affiliations

Board-eligible specialist in Veterinary Neurology and Neurosurgery, Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies and Roslin Institute

Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons

Postdoctoral researcher, Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences


Undergraduate teaching

Supervision of undergraduate Student Research Component projects

Supervision of undergraduates on Clinical Neurology rotations

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?