Institute of Neuroscience

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Dr Nicola Simcock

Research Associate


Dr Nicola Simcock is a Research Associate for the Institute of Neuroscience at Newcastle University. Her area of expertise is honeybee gustatory physiology.

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Currently I am interested in the chemosensory system of the honeybee, in particular gustation and how the bee encodes the taste of specific foods. 

The insect gustatory system is relatively understudied in comparison to all other sensory systems and yet the principals in which it functions are applicable to range of animals, including ourselves. The honeybee provides an ideal model system for this work as it encodes sensory information using a greatly reduced number of gustatory receptors which allows for greater ease and accuracy of recording.