Hi, I’m Dr Amy Reichelt.

I’m a neuroscientist, science communicator and author. I work in Robarts Research Institute and the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Western University, Canada

I’m passionate about uncovering how diet influences brain health and mental wellbeing.


I trained in neuroscience, psychology, molecular biology and nutrition. My PhD is in behavioural neuroscience, but after playing around with a lot of drug studies and trying to understand how memories are made, I found my niche. My research passion lies in nutritional neuroscience, which seeks to understand how diet impacts memory, mood and brain function across the lifespan.

I combine molecular, anatomical and neurophysiological “wet lab” techniques including genetic analysis, sequencing the gut microbiome, microscopy, optogenetics, chemogenetics, fiber-photometry and brain imaging to determine how obesity-inducing diets change the brain and behaviour.

Please check out my Publications, Google Scholar or ResearchGate page to see my current projects and research outputs.


Along with research, I am passionate about science policy and public communication. I write for The Conversation, and I have guest posted on The Guardian and other news websites. I have worked closely with journalists from The New York Times, ABC radio, The Age, Sydney Morning Herald, and SBS, to name but a few.

I recently was involved with the construction of a discussion paper for the decadal plan for nutrition in Australia.

This site contains my portfolio of general interest science articles I have written and links to other media such as my TEDxSydney talk.

I am available for public talks, seminars, workshops, writing projects and other collaborations.


Science / medical writing and blogging – Do you want engaging and easy to understand neuroscience articles for your website, blog or mailing list? I am a highly experienced and award-winning science communicator, with skills in SEO-writing, blogging and informative “explainers”. I am passionate about creating bespoke science-focused articles and blog posts for businesses large and small.

Data analyst – Do you need a data analyst? Want someone to bring numbers to life? I am experienced in the production of data-focused reports and have conducted statistical analyses of large datasets for not-for-profits and government bodies. I am experienced at generating clearly interpreted statistical analyses and the visualisation of complex datasets.

To discuss rates and quotes for writing projects and data analysis please contact me.


My other interests include travelling, CrossFit, Yoga, coffee, healthy(ish) living, and exploring bars.

All words/views are my own and do not reflect anything from my employers past or present.