Dr Debbie Nash

PhD, PGCtHE, Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy, Registered Animal Scientist

Dr Debbie Nash

Senior Lecturer


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I gained my Ph.D. at The Royal Veterinary College, University of London in 2007. My research developed in vivo and in vitro models to enhance the study of the innate immune response to breeding-induced endometritis in mares which is a significant cause of infertility. During this time I gained a range of laboratory skills and was involved in four animal trials including taking sole lead of one. Consequently I am a personal Home Office licence holder and am competent in a range of reproductive and clinical procedures such as ultrasound of the reproductive tract, blood sampling and uterine biopsy.

I joined Aberystwyth University as a Lecturer in Equine and Animal Science in 2007. I lead undergraduate to MSc modulesI also supervise PhD and MPhil students. The projects I supervise tend to include developing an ex vivo tissue culture technique as a potential anti-inflammatory screening test, testing potential anti-inflammatory compounds. I've also dabbled in population genetics with collaboration of colleagues in our state-of-the-art genomics facility.

I am an active member of the British Society for Animal Science Programme Committee, taking responsibility for arranging the equine sessions on several occasions, as well as chairing sessions each year. In 2011 I was invited onto the consultative committee for setting up the Register of Animal Scientists and in 2012 was invited and elected to the BSAS Council. In addition, I am the founder, organiser and chair of the Colloquium for Equine Reproduction (http://users.aber.ac.uk/dmn/cfer/Homepage.html), which since its inaugural event in 2010, goes from strength to strength. A further event was held in 2011 and CFER was hosted within the BSAS annual conference in 2013 and in 2015.


Module Coordinator
Additional Lecturer


Reproductive physiology (specifically uterine inflammatory disease of horses and cattle); native pony population genetics.


Winton, CL, McMahon, R, Hegarty, M, McEwan, N, Davies-Morel, M, Morgan, C & Nash, D 2020, 'Genetic diversity within and between British and Irish breeds: The maternal and paternal history of native ponies', Ecology and Evolution, vol. 10, no. 3, pp. 1352-1367. https://doi.org/10.1002/ece3.5989
Wonfor, RE, Creevey, CJ, Natoli, M, Hegarty, M, Nash, DM & Rose, MT 2020, 'Interaction of preimplantation factor with the global bovine endometrial transcriptome', PLoS One, vol. 15, no. 12, e0242874. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0242874
De Barros, MRM, Davies-Morel, M, Creevey, C & Nash, D 2018, 'Assessment of Cultured Ex Vivo Equine Endometrial Explants as a Model of Uterine Inflammation Using Transcriptome Profiles', Journal of Equine Veterinary Science, vol. 66, pp. 148. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jevs.2018.05.186
Skujina, I, Winton, CL, Hegarty, MJ, McMahon, R, Nash, DM, Davies-Morel, MCG & McEwan, NR 2018, 'Detecting genetic regions associated with height in the native ponies of the British Isles by using high density SNP genotyping', Genome, vol. 61, no. 10, pp. 767-770. https://doi.org/10.1139/gen-2018-0006
Nash, D, Paddison, J, Davies-Morel, M & Barnea, E 2018, 'Preimplantation factor modulates acute inflammatory responses of equine endometrium', Veterinary Medicine and Science, vol. 4, no. 4, pp. 351-356. https://doi.org/10.1002/vms3.126
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