Peter Imoesi


  • KY16 9TF

    United Kingdom

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PhD projects

Neuroinformatics, Neurodegeneration (Alzheimer disease), Vitamin A Homeostasis

Personal profile


Dr Imoesi holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry with a Second Class (Hons) Upper Division from Ambrose Alli University, Edo State, Nigeria. Due to his passion for academia, he moved to England to do a Master of Science (MSc) degree in Molecular Biology with a Distinction from the University of Hertfordshire. Subsequently, he moved back to Nigeria, and was employed by Samuel Adegboyega University, Edo State, as Assistant Lecturer in the College of Basic and Applied Science. And while at the university, he was the Assistant Head of Biochemistry Unit - Department of Chemical Sciences, Head Biochemistry Curriculum Review Committee and Head of the University Social Media Activities. In 2016, he moved back to the United Kingdom on a University of Aberdeen Elphinstone PhD Scholarship, to study for a degree of doctor of Philosophy in Medical Sciences - Translational Neuroscience and a subspecialty in Molecular Neuroscience. His PhD thesis was on "The Action of Vitamin A and Retinoic Acid on Hypothalamic Driven Homeostasis." Where for the first time he was able to demonstrate the hypothalamus a region of the brain is responsible vitamin A homeostasis. 

Following the completion of his PhD, he was employed as a Research Fellow at the Institute of Medical Sciences, School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition, University of Aberdeen and TauRx Pharmaceutical Ltd. His research was in neurodegenerative diseases, specifically, Alzheimer's disease looking at the role of glutamate release in tau transgenic mouse model with AD and frontotemporal dementia pathology. 

In 2023, Dr Imoesi joined the School of Medicine, University of St Andrews as Associate Lecturer in Cellular and Molecular Pathophysiology were he delivers teaching in BSc Medicine and ScotGEM programme. 

Dr Imoesi is a member of several societies, the British Neuroscience Association, British Society for Neuroendocrinology etc. He is an Associate Fellow of the Advance Higher Education Academy (AFHEA).


Teaching activity

Module Controller - Gateway to Medicine (MD1004)

Member of the PGR (PhD) Review Committee - Mentor/Examiner

Cellular, Molecular Pathphysiology and Neurodegenerative diseases

Practical and Workshop teaching

Dissertation supervision (Critical Reviews) and Assessment

Personal Tutor

Portfolio Reviewer

Research interests

Dr Imoesi's research interests include: neurodegenerative diseases e.g. Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson disease. I also have a keen interest in the role of the brain in food intake and body weight gain (obesity).

Following off from our latest discover on how the brain, specifically the hypothalamus controls vitamin A homeostasis, I am also interested in how this all important biomolecule which is critical to life influences food intake and body weight gain. And also dementia and the immune system. I intend to use neuroinformatics tools to answer some of the above questions. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, How Vitamin A Homeostasis is Controlled by the Brain, UNIVERSITY OF ABERDEEN

1 Feb 201630 Jan 2019

Award Date: 17 Sept 2019

Master in Science, Mutation/Structure Analysis of Prion Protein and the Species Barrier for Transmission of Creutzfeldt - Jakob Disease (CJD)., University of Hertfordshire

17 Sept 201230 Sept 2013

Award Date: 30 Sept 2013

Bachelor of Science, The Determination of Aspartate and Alanine Aminotransferase Activity in Wistar Rats Fed with Modified Diet of Edible Black Carica Papaya L.Seeds, Ambrose Alli University

5 Oct 200330 Oct 2007

Award Date: 30 Oct 2007

External positions

Board Representative - Program Committee SmartSciFrika Foundation, SmartSciFrika Foundation

7 May 2023 → …

Review Editor in Cellular Neuropathology, Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience - Cellular Neuropathology

22 Jun 2021 → …

Mentor - SmartSciFrika Foundation

18 Jun 2021 → …


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