Amy Claire Reichelt – amy.reichelt@rmit.edu.au

Appointments

April 2016 – Present: Lecturer and Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow, School of Health and Biomedical Sciences, RMIT University, Australia

January 2016 – March 2016: Visiting Professor, Biological Science, University of Toronto, Canada

February 2014 – April 2016: Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow, School of Psychology, The University of New South Wales, Australia.

February 2013 – February 2014: Postdoctoral Research Associate, School of Medical Sciences, The University of New South Wales, Australia. NHMRC funded.

July 2012 – January 2013: Visiting Research Fellow, School of Psychology, The University of New South Wales, Australia. Wellcome Trust / Universitas 21 / EPS funded.

April 2011 – February 2013: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, School of Psychology, University of Birmingham, UK. Leverhulme Trust funded

January 2011 – April 2011: Research Assistant, School of Psychology, Cardiff University, UK.

June 2010 – December 2010: Research Assistant, Institute of Membrane and Systems Biology, University of Leeds, UK. MRC funded.

Education

2006 – 2010: Cardiff University, UK. PhD – Behavioural Neuroscience. Neurobiological mechanisms of conflict resolution and goal-directed behaviour. Supervisors: Professors Simon Killcross and Mark Good. BBSRC Case funded in association with Eli Lilly. Awarded 18/05/2011

2003 – 2006: University of Birmingham, UK. BSc. 1st Class (Honours) Psychology.

Research interestsReward, Motivation, Learning & Memory

  • My research interests lie in the understanding of behavioural control. This encapsulates reward driven behaviours, learning and memory. I am interested in how brain systems modulate memory and reward, and how dysfunction can result in drug addiction and obesity.
  • I am also interested in the process of memory reconsolidation; particularly in the context of fear and addiction, and how it may serve as a tool to attenuate cue-elicited craving and relapse.

 

Relevant work experience

January 2010 – May 2010: BBSRC CASE PhD Industrial Placement – Eli Lilly Ltd, UK.

June 2005 – October 2005: Wellcome Trust Vacation Scholarship. University of Birmingham, UK.

 

Teaching

UNSW: Learning and Physiological Psychology – Lecturer  (2013 – 2015): Second year undergraduate lectures (6 hours) covering memory consolidation, extinction, reconsolidation, psychopharmacology, drug addiction, neurobiology of Alzheimer’s disease and amnesia.

UNSW: Neuroscience Fundamentals – Lecturer  (2014 – 2015): Second year undergraduate lectures and practical tutorials (6 hours) covering neuroplasticity, memory, learning, consolidation and conditioning.

Cardiff University: Research Methods and Statistics – Tutor  (2006-2010): Introductory undergraduate course to research methods, experimental design and statistics in psychology.

 

Awards, Honours and Prizes

  • Young Tall Poppy Science Award – Australian Institute of Policy and Science – 2015
  • Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior (SSIB) – New Investigator Award 2015 – $1000
  • International Society for Neurochemistry – Travel award 2015 – $950
  • International Brain Research Organisation (IBRO) Travel grant – To host symposium at Winter Neurobiology of Learning and memory workshop 2015 (Salt Lake City, USA) – €1500
  • Asia Pacific Society for Neurochemistry (APSN) Early Career Researcher award – Attendance to APSN 2014 to deliver invited talk (Kaohsiung, Taiwan) – $500
  • British Association for Psychopharmacology (BAP) – Postdoctoral Conference Bursary – 2014 BAP Annual Meeting (Cambridge, UK) – £530
  • Federation of European Neuroscience (FENS) travel award 2014 – €750
  • Guarantors of Brain travel grant – Society for Neuroscience annual meeting 2010 attendance (San Diego, USA) – £1000
  • Experimental Psychology Society (EPS) Grindley travel grant – Eastern Psychological Society annual meeting 2008 attendance (Pittsburgh) – £600

 

Competitive Research Grants

  • UNSW Science Early Career Grant – Impact of sucrose bingeing in adolescent rats on brain reward system connectivity. 2015 – $7275
  • Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Research Award – Does obesity alter psychological associations to food related cues, contexts and responses? 2014-2017 – $375,000
  • Major Research Equipment and Infrastructure grant 2014 – Co-Chief Investigator – Purchase of a suite of touchscreen chambers for rodent behavioural testing – $171,200
  • Wellcome Trust Mobility grant – 2012 – $4000
  • Experimental Psychology Society (EPS) Study visit grant – 2012 – $2000
  • Universitas 21 Special Projects grant – 2012 – $2000
  • BBSRC Case PhD Studentship – Cardiff University & Eli Lilly – 2006-2010
  • Wellcome Trust Vacation scholarship – Research Stipend July – September 2005 – £1200

 

Research skills

  • Animal behavioural analysis – Appetitive and aversive behavioural conditioning procedures – Med Associates. Object and place recognition, exploratory and anxiety behaviours, social recognition. Touchscreen visual discriminations.
  • Stereotaxic Surgery – Viral transfection. Chemogenetics and optogenetics. Excitotoxic lesions in rats and mice. Surgical implantation of cannulae and optrodes.
  • Molecular biology – Immunohistochemistry, immunofluorescence, rtPCR and Western blotting
  • Pharmacology – Systemic administration and microinfusion of drugs
  • Transgenic animals – Genotyping and breeding mouse models of Alzheimer’s disease (Tg2576), frontotemporal dementia (TauV337M model of FTDP-17) and schizophrenia (Neurexin mutations)

 

Academic Service

  • Steering committee member: Sydney Inter-university Neuroscience & Mental Health Conference 2015– Early Career Researcher representative
  • Symposium organisation – The Impact of Diet on Motivation, Reward and Cognition ­– Winter Neurobiology of Learning and Memory workshop, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2015
  • Coordination of the UNSW Animal Laboratory Health and Safety course 2014 -2015
  • Symposium organisation – Behavioural impact of high fat / high sugar diets – UNSW, 2013
  • Assessment of L3 BMedSci – Neurobiology of the brain – University of Birmingham, 2012

 

Peer reviewed manuscripts

  1. Reichelt, A.C., Morris, M.J. and Westbrook, R.F. (In Press) Sucrose supplemented diets impair spatial pattern separation memory in rats. Learning and Memory (IF = 4.08)
  2. Reichelt, A.C., Abbott, K.N., Morris, M.J. and Westbrook, R.F. (2016) Differential motivational profiles following adolescent sucrose access in male and female rats. Physiology and Behavior (IF = 2.8)
  3. Abbott, K.N., Westbrook, R.F., Morris, M.J. and Reichelt, A.C. (2016) Sex-specific effects of daily exposure to sucrose on spatial memory performance in male and female rats, and implications for estrous cycle stage. Physiology and Behavior (IF = 2.8)
  4. Reichelt, A.C., Westbrook, R.F. and Morris, M.J. (2015) Integration of reward signalling and appetite regulating peptide systems in the control of food-cue responses. British Journal of Pharmacology (IF= 4.8)
  5. Reichelt A.C., Killcross, S., Hambly, L., Morris, M.J, and Westbrook, R.F. (2015) Impact of adolescent sucrose access on cognitive control, recognition memory and parvalbumin immunoreactivity. Learning and Memory (IF= 4.08)
  6. Exton-McGuiness, M.T., Lee, J.L.C. and Reichelt, A.C. (2015). Updating memories – The role of prediction errors in memory reconsolidation. Behavioural Brain Research (IF = 3.39)
  7. Reichelt, A.C., Maniam, J, Westbrook, R.F. and Morris, M.J. (2015). Dietary-induced obesity disrupts trace fear conditioning and decreases hippocampal reelin expression. Brain, Behaviour and Immunity (IF = 5.61)
  8. Morris, J., Beilharz, J., Maniam, J, Reichelt, A.C. and Westbrook, R.F. (2014). Why is obesity such a problem in the 21st century? The intersection of palatable food, cues and reward pathways, stress, and cognition. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews (IF = 10.28)
  9. Reichelt, A.C., Morris, M.J. and Westbrook, R.F. (2014). Impact of cafeteria diet on sensory specific satiety and stimulus-outcome learning. Frontiers in Psychology (IF = 8)
  10. Siette, J., Reichelt, A.C. and Westbrook, R.F. (2014) A bout of voluntary running enhances context conditioned fear, its extinction and its reconsolidation. Learning and Memory (IF = 4.08)
  11. Humby, T, Eddy, J.B., Good, M.A., Reichelt, A.C., and Wilkinson, L.S. (2013) A novel translational assay of response inhibition and impulsivity; effects of prefrontal cortex lesions, drugs used in ADHD, and serotonin 2C receptor antagonism. Neuropsychopharmacology (IF = 8.68)
  12. Martire, S.I., Tran, D.M.D. and Reichelt, A.C. (2013). Preventing binge eating with deep brain stimulation – can compulsive eating be switched off? Frontiers in Psychiatry (IF = N/A)
  13. Reichelt, A.C., Exton-McGuiness, M.T. and Lee, J.L.C. (2013) Ventral tegmental dopamine dysregulation prevents appetitive memory destabilisation. Journal of Neuroscience (IF = 6.75)
  14. Reichelt, A.C., Good, M.A. and Killcross, S. (2013) Attenuation of acute d-amphetamine-induced disruption of conflict resolution by clozapine, but not α-flupenthixol in rats. Journal of Psychopharmacology (IF = 2.81)
  15. Reichelt, A.C. and Lee, J.L.C. (2013) Memory reconsolidation in aversive and appetitive settings. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience (IF = 3.3)
  16. Reichelt, A.C., Humby, T., Wilkinson, L.S., Killcross, S. and Good, M.A (2013) Transgenic expression of the FTDP-17 tauV337M mutation in brain dissociates components of executive function in mice. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory (IF = 4.04)
  17. Reichelt, A.C. and Lee, J.L.C. (2013) Over-expectation generated in a complex goal-tracking task can evoke memory reconsolidation. Psychopharmacology (IF = 3.99)
  18. Reichelt, A.C. and Lee, J.L.C. (2012) Appetitive pavlovian goal-tracking memories reconsolidate only under specific conditions. Learning and Memory (IF = 4.08)
  19. Reichelt, A.C., Rodgers, R.J. and Clapcote, S.J. (2012) The role of neurexins in schizophrenia and autistic spectrum disorders. Neuropharmacology (IF = 4.82)
  20. Reichelt, A.C., Lin, T-C, Harrison, J.J., Honey, R.C. and Good, M.A. (2011) Differential role of the hippocampus in response-outcome and context-outcome learning: Evidence from selective satiation procedures. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory (IF = 4.04)

Book Chapters

  1. Reichelt, A.C. and Dachtler, J. (2015). The role of neurexins and neuroligins in autism. In Fatemi, S.H. & Manto, M. (Eds.) The Molecular Basis of Autism. Springer, USA

 

Published abstracts

  • Reichelt, A.C., Westbrook, R.F. and Morris, M.J. (2014) Impact of high fat / high sugar diets on learning and memory in rats, and voluntary exercise as an intervention. Journal of Neurochemistry, 130, S1, 29-29.
  • Reichelt, A.C., Westbrook, R.F. and Morris, M.J. (2014) High fat / high sugar diet consumption disrupts hippocampus-dependent fear memories. Journal of Psychopharmacology; 28:A15-A15.
  • Reichelt, A.C., Killcross, S., Haddon, J.E., Wilkinson, L.S., and Good M.A. (2010) Attenuation of d-amphetamine-induced disruption of conflict resolution by clozapine in rats. Journal of Psychopharmacology; 24:A17-A17.

 

Invited talks and seminars

  • Sugar highs and lows: The impact of diet on memory and motivation. Invited seminar presented to Brain Research Interest Group at SickKids Hospital Toronto, March 2016
  • Food for thought: The impact of junk food diets on cognition. Invited seminar presented to School of Biological Sciences, University of Toronto, February 2016
  • Junk food diets on cognition. Invited talk presented to School of Psychology, University of Nottingham, May 2015
  • Matter over mind – environmental and pharmacological influences on learning and memory. Invited talk presented to Florey Neuroscience Institute, Melbourne, December 2013
  • Making memories malleable – Memory reconsolidation, boundary conditions and prediction error signalling. Talk presented to School of Psychology, University of New South Wales, Sydney, August 2012
  • Reconsolidation of appetitive Pavlovian goal-tracking memories. Talk presented to Department of Neuroscience, University of Birmingham, UK, March 2012
  • Context, conflict and control – Neurobiological insights. Invited talk presented to Institute of Psychology, McGill University, Montreal, Canada, November 2010
  • Anatomy and genetics of conflict resolution. Invited talk presented at IMSB, University of Leeds, UK, January 2010
  • Response conflict: Anatomy, pharmacology and genetics. Invited talk presented at BCNI, Cambridge University, UK, January 2010
  • Nicotinic enhancement of conflict resolution in rats. Invited talk presented at Young Neuroscientists Day, Cardiff University, UK, November 2008

 

Conference presentations – oral

  • Baker, K.D. and Reichelt, A.C. (2015) Impaired fear extinction retention following consumption of high fat high sugar diet during adolescence. Inter-University Neuroscience and Mental Health Conference, Sydney, Australia
  • Abbott, K.N. and Reichelt, A.C. (2015) Limited daily exposure to high fat diet in young rats alters patterns of social behaviour. Inter-University Neuroscience and Mental Health Conference, Sydney, Australia
  • Reichelt, A.C., Abbott, K.N., Westbrook, R.F. and Morris, M.J. (2015) Sex-specific memory deficits following sucrose consumption during adolescence in rats. Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior Annual Meeting. Denver, USA
  • Reichelt, A.C., Westbrook, R.F. and Morris, M.J. (2015) Impact of high fat / high sugar diets on memory and motivation. Winter Neurobiology of Learning and memory workshop. Salt Lake City, USA
  • Reichelt, A.C., Westbrook, R.F. and Morris, M.J. (2014) Impact of high fat / high sugar diets on learning and memory in rats, and voluntary exercise as an intervention. Asia Pacific Society for Neurochemistry, Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
  • Reichelt, A.C., Morris, M.J. and Westbrook, R.F. (2013) Food and fear – junk food diets disrupt appetitive and aversive conditioning. Australian Learning Group Christmas Workshop, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia.
  • Reichelt, A.C., Morris, M.J. and Westbrook, R.F. (2013) Effects of cafeteria diet exposure on sensory specific satiety and learned flavour preferences. Australian Learning Group Winter Workshop, Hunter Valley, NSW, Australia
  • Reichelt, A.C. and Lee, J.L.C. (2012) Dopaminergic prediction-error signalling underpins memory reconsolidation. Australian Learning Group Christmas Workshop, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia.
  • Reichelt, A.C. and Lee, J.L.C. (2012) Making memories malleable: Dopaminergic prediction-error signalling underpins memory reconsolidation. 4th Brain Plasticity Symposium, Queensland Brain Institute, Brisbane, Australia
  • Reichelt, A.C., Killcross, S. and Good, M.A. (2009) Nicotine attenuates PCP-induced cognitive deficits in rats. Animal Learning Symposium XIII, Gregynog, United Kingdom.
  • Reichelt, A.C., Killcross, S., Humby, T., Wilkinson, L. and Good, M.A. (2009) Contextual control of biconditional discriminations in a transgenic mouse model of FTDP-17. 80th Annual meeting of Eastern Psychological Association, Pittsburgh, United States of America.
  • Reichelt, A.C., Killcross, S. and Good, M.A. (2008) Conditional Matching and Non-Matching to position task in rodents. Animal Learning Symposium XII, Gregynog, United Kingdom.
  • Reichelt, A.C., Killcross, S. and Good, M.A. (2007) An operant measure of prefrontal cortex function in the Tg2576 mouse model of Alzheimer’s Disease. Annual Mammalian Genetics Conference, Cardiff University, United Kingdom.

 


Conference presentations – posters

  • Baker, K.D. and Reichelt, A.C. (2015) Impaired fear extinction retention following consumption of high fat high sugar diet during adolescence. EPFL BMI/Agalma/NCCR “Synapsy” Joint Symposium on Consolidation, Reconsolidation and Extinction, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Reichelt, A.C., Abbott, K.N., Westbrook, R.F. and Morris, M.J. (2015) Sex-specific motivational and cognitive profiles following sucrose consumption during adolescence in rats. International Society for Neurochemistry, Cairns, Australia
  • Abbott, K.N. and Reichelt, A.C. (2015) Limited daily exposure to high fat diet in young rats alters patterns of social behaviour. Frontiers in Neurodevelopment Symposium, Sydney
  • Reichelt, A.C., Maniam, J., Westbrook, R.F. and Morris, M.J. (2014) High fat / high sugar diet consumption disrupts hippocampus-dependent fear memories. Annual Meeting of the British Association for Psychopharmacology, Cambridge, UK
  • Reichelt, A.C., Westbrook, R.F. and Morris, M.J. (2014) Voluntary physical exercise attenuates high fat / high sugar diet induced spatial deficits in rats. Federation of European Neuroscience (FENS), Milan, Italy
  • Reichelt, A.C., Westbrook, R.F. and Morris, M.J. (2014) Dietary induced obesity disrupts hippocampally encoded trace fear memories. Australasian Neuroscience Society (ANS) annual meeting, Adelaide, Australia
  • Reichelt, A.C. and Lee, J.L.C. (2012) Dopaminergic prediction-error signalling underpins memory reconsolidation. 4th Brain Plasticity Symposium, Queensland Brain Institute, Brisbane
  • Reichelt, A.C., Flavell, C.R. and Lee, J.L.C. (2011) Reconsolidation of appetitive Pavlovian goal-tracking memories. Society for Neuroscience (SfN), Washington D.C., USA
  • Reichelt, A.C., Killcross, S. and Good, M.A. (2010) Hippocampal lesions disrupt retrieval of appetitive context-outcome, but not instrumental, action-outcome associations in rats. Society for Neuroscience (SfN), San Diego, USA
  • Reichelt, A.C., Killcross, S. and Good, M.A. (2010) Attenuation of d-amphetamine-induced disruption of conflict resolution by clozapine in rats. Annual Meeting of the British Association for Psychopharmacology, Harrogate, UK
  • Reichelt, A.C., Killcross, S., Humby, T, Wilkinson, L.S. and Good, M.A. (2009) Contextual control of biconditional discriminations in the tauV337M mouse model of frontotemporal dementia. Society for Neuroscience (SfN), Chicago, USA
  • Reichelt, A.C. and Higgs, S. (2007) Licking and liking: Effects of cannabinoid CB1 receptor antagonists on the licking microstructure of rats. Animal Learning Symposium XI, Gregynog, UK

 

Student supervision and mentoring

UNSW Honours Psychology supervision:

  • Alanna Wong (2015) – Impulsivity and risk taking in a rat model of adolescent sugar addiction – 1st Class honours
  • Vimi Dogra (2015) – Alterations in social interaction and social memory in a rat model of sugar addiction – 2.1 Class honours

 

UNSW Undergraduate Psychology laboratory projects:

  • Jennifer Nyguen (Bachelor of Psychology) – Research Internship 2015 – Impact of adolescent sucrose consumption on touchscreen based pattern separation
  • Elaine Zhang (Bachelor of Psychology) – Research Internship 2015 – Effects of high fat high sugar bingeing on spatial memory
  • Kirsten Abbott (Bachelor of Psychology) – UNSW Psychology Summer Research internship 2014 – Behavioural impact of adolescent sugar bingeing in female rats
  • Luke Hambly (Bachelor of Psychological Science) – Research Assistant 2014 – Impact of adolescent sugar bingeing on contextual control of biconditional discriminations

 

Selected media commentary

 

Society membership and appointments

Member:

Society for the Study of Ingestive Behaviour (SSIB), Society for Neuroscience (SfN), Australasian Neuroscience Society (ANS), Asia Pacific Society for Neurochemistry (APSN), International Society for Neurochemistry (ISN), British Association for Psychopharmacology (BAP), Molecular and Cellular Cognition Society (MCCS)

Editorial appointments:

Review editor – Frontiers in Psychology – Eating behaviour

Research topic co-editor – Frontiers in Neuroscience

 

Ad-hoc reviewer: Molecular Psychiatry; Hippocampus; Neuroscience Letters; Journal of Neurochemical Research; Metabolic Brain Disease; Behavioural Brain Research; Physiology and Behaviour; Neurobiology of Learning and Memory

 

Grant reviewer: Australian Research Council (ARC); National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)

 

Selected public engagement

  • TEDxSydney 2016– Invited presenter
  • Vivid Sydney 2016 – The Social Brain: Better Brain Health At Work – Panel member and invited expert
  • Host of Science Speed Dating – National Science Week 2015
  • Invited talk at the Inspiring Science 2015 series at Customs House Library – How our diets impact on brain function
  • Panel member What keeps scientists up at night? National Science Week 2014
  • Guest speaker at I F L Science Live, Sydney, 2013
  • Guest speaker at Science Rewired: Big Science Communication Summit 2013 (Sydney), “Being human – dismantling the ‘scientist’ stereotype”
  • TV and radio interviews as a science expert by Channel 7 News, The Project (Channel Ten), ABC Radio National and SBS radio on current neuroscience research
  • Guest speaker and co-organiser of Nerd Night, Sydney 2012-2015