Alyx Taylor

MSc, PhD - Senior Lecturer (Physiology)

Alyx is the convener for the Research Centre for Health, Exercise and Sports Science (CHESS). She is the Head of Foundation Year for the University College's MChiro course, as well as being a Unit Leader on Human Biology & Physiology I & II and a tutor for Integrated Clinical Rehabilitation for Sports Science.

Current Activity

Alyx Taylor is the convener for the Research Centre for Health, Exercise and Sports Science (CHESS).  She is the Head of Foundation Year for the University College's MChiro course, as well as being a Unit Leader on Human Biology & Physiology I & II and a tutor for Integrated Clinical Rehabilitation for Sports Science.

Areas of Interest

Neuroendocrinology, human stress response, affective disorders, gene x environment interactions in development, mother-infant bonding, HPA-axis, diabetes. 

Research

Dr Taylor’s research arises from her work on the neuroendocrinology of affective disorders.  She has a special interest in the genetic, epigenetic and environmental factors that contribute to human stress response and mental health.  Current projects include: The role of exercise in the management of ADHD symptoms in children.  The glucocorticoid receptor polymorphism and epigenetics of high and low stress responders.  The effects of perinatal stress exposure on child HPA-axis function and neurodevelopment. Effectiveness of non-pharmacological interventions for stress management.

View/download Alyx Taylor's research in the AECC University College Research Repository.

Qualifications

  • BSc Biochemistry with Chemistry
  • MSc Information Science
  • PhD Biochemistry
  • Cambridge ESOL (CELTA)
  • PGCert Academic Practice

Membership

  • Fellowship of Advanced HE
  • BASES
  • British Psychological Society
  • Marcé Society
  • Research Council Complementary Medicine

Teaching

  • Physiology for MChiro
  • Research project supervision
  • PhD supervision

External Academic Activities

  • External Examiner Ulster University
  • External Examiner University of Central Lancashire
  • Visiting Research Fellow King’s College London
  • Visiting Research Fellow Imperial London
  • Associate Editor for Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice

Publications

Cury, T., James, U. & Taylor, A. “Development of a rapid, personalised technique to relieve mental stress & enhance focus while studying at university.” European Journal of Integrative Medicine 8, 593-94 2016

O’Higgins, M., St James Roberts I., Glover V. & Taylor A.  “Mother-child bonding at 1 year; associations with symptoms of postnatal depression and bonding in the first few weeks.”  Archives of Women’s Mental Health 16(5), p381-9  2013

Ventura T., Gomes M.C., Pita A., Neto M.T. & Taylor A. “Digit ratio (2D:4D) in newborns: influences of prenatal testosterone and maternal environment.” Early Human Development Vol. 89, p107-112 2013

Huang W., Taylor A., Howie J. & Robinson N. “Is the diurnal profile of salivary cortisol concentration a useful marker for measuring reported stress in acupuncture research? A randomized controlled pilot study.” Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine 18(3), p242-50 2012

O’Keane V., Lightman S., Patrick K., Marsh M., Papadopoulos A.S., Pawlby S., Taylor A. & Moore R.  “Changes in the maternal hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis during the early puerperium may be related to the postpartum ‘blues’.”  Journal of Neuroendocrinology Vol. 23, p1149-1155 2011

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