Dr Elisa Hill is a neuroscientist who is passionate about understanding how changes in gut function occur in neurological diseases and how they might affect mood and behaviour.
gut-brain axis, gut nervous system, genetic mouse models of disease, autism, gut microbes
Dr Hill leads the Gut-Brain Axis research team to examine the role of the enteric nervous system of the gut and how this interacts with microbes in the gastrointestinal tract. The research examines how this system might affect neurological conditions like autism and Parkinson’s disease and affect moods and behaviours.
Dr Hill has previously worked on animal models of epilepsy prior to importing the first genetic mouse model of autism in 2009 and received numerous accolades including the Caitlin Award for epilepsy research.
Dr Hill earned her PhD at the University of Melbourne on identifying neurochemical signatures in cortical neurons in mice using immunohistochemistry techniques in 2001. Dr Hill has received multiple research grants both in Australia and internationally including from the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS, France), and the US Department of Defense and she has worked extensively overseas.
Dr Hill is founding chair of Frontiers in Neurodevelopmental Disorders (FiND), an organisation committed to lifting awareness of latest research on neurodevelopmental disorders among clinicians, educators, researchers and families. Dr Hill is also accustomed to working with government, research and corporate sectors to influence policy. She is also passionate about publicly communicating science research.
Dr Hill was awarded a Vice-Chancellor’s Senior Research Fellowship in addition to an ARC Future Fellowship in 2017 and is based in the School of Health and Biomedical Sciences.