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Ellyse Noy Graduate Researcher, Animal Plant & Soil Sciences

After graduating her bachelor in Animal and Veterinary Bioscience at La Trobe University, Ellyse completed her honours year under the supervision of Dr. Bert De Groef in the comparative endocrinology and neurobiology lab. Now as a graduate researcher, Ellyse's PhD focuses on the role of neurohormones in vertebrate species and their interactions with other endocrine systems, such as the thyroidal and adrenal (stress) hormone system.

The title of her PhD project is the evolution of the type 2 corticotropin-releasing hormone receptor (CRHR2) where she hopes to determine what drives expression of this receptor within the cells of the pituitary gland in both mammalian and non-mammalian species, and how and why the expression of this receptor may have changed during vertebrate evolution.

This project is studied at the molecular level (DNA, RNA, protein), tissue/organ level and at an organismal level . Commonly used techniques include real-time RT-PCR, gene cloning, combined in situ hybridisation, immunohistochemistry and cell culture. This research provides a basis for applications in animal production.