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About: Shannon Shibata-Germanos

I'm a non traditional PhD student in the Rihel Lab at the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology at University College London. I entered science late after a long career in a totally different field. Previously my career had been in Middle East conflict management, living between Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Amman. During my time in the Middle East, I became deeply interested in the interdependent effects of nature and nurture (specifically the effects of generational conflict) together on human development, leading me to consider pursuing a lifelong academic passion in Neuroscience and Molecular Biology. Following my transitional MSc in Neuroscience at UCL, I joined the zebrafish sleep lab that Jason Rihel runs and am now focusing on the sleep dependent para/peri vascular clearance mechanism of the brain along with brain lymphatics. Check us out at

Posts by Shannon Shibata-Germanos:

Discovery Through Collaboration: Brain Lymphatic Endothelial Cells

Posted by on August 8th, 2017

Looking back on the journey:¬†Intracellular uptake of macromolecules by brain lymphatic endothelial cells during zebrafish embryonic development eLife van Lessen et al., 2017   Just over two years ago, while I was a Masters of Neuroscience student at University College London, I became interested in the emerging concepts of brain lymphatics and sleep dependent macromolecule[…]