About Nick Spencer
Nick Spencer completed his PhD at Monash University in Australia then moved to The University of Nevada School of Medicine, where he spent 9 years. In 2007, he moved his laboratory to Flinders University in South Australia. His PhD, postdoctoral research and current research is focussed on the Enteric Nervous System (in the gut wall) and how pain pathways from internal organs communicate with the brain. He has developed techniques unique to his laboratory that allow novel insights into how the gut and brain communicate. In collaboration for Dr. Hongzhen Hu at Washington University in St. Louis, he demonstrated the first wireless optogenetic control of the gastrointestinal tract. This means light can be used instead of drugs to control the gut-brain axis.