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Rhianna-lily Smith

Junior Science Editor

Rhianna-lily graduated from the University of East Anglia with a BSc in biomedicine and completed her MSc by Research in microbiology at the Quadram Institute Bioscience in 2023. Her research primarily focused on the gut microbiome in pregnant women throughout gestation. During her MSc, she developed a passion for science communication and later joined Technology Networks as a Junior Science Editor, where she works with the news team to cover the latest breaking news and produce video interviews.

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Published Content
Total: 40
Tampons in a row.

Imaging Study Details the Menstrual Cycle’s Effects on the Brain

The body undergoes several physiological during the menstrual cycle, driven by hormonal fluctuations. But how do these hormones impact the brain?
Speaker headshot with a DNA helix behind them.

Applications for Gene Editing — Livestock

Learn about the applications of gene editing in livestock and the future of this field in our latest episode of Teach Me in 10.
A babies feet.

The Surprising Strength of Babies' Immune Cells

For a long time, it has been thought that a baby’s immune system is far weaker than that of an adult due to limited pathogen exposure. However, a recent paper, published in Science Immunology, has questioned these beliefs.
High-protein foods.

High-Protein Diet Could Drive Heart Disease

A new study published in Nature Metabolism investigated the potentially adverse effects of a high protein diet, which is often promoted as a “healthy lifestyle”.
Someone smoking a cigarette.

Nicotine’s Appetite-Suppressing Effects Are Driven by the Gut Microbiota

In a new study, published in Scientific Reports, researchers from Kyoto University explored the role of nicotine on weight management through host metabolism and gut microbial metabolites.
A pregnant woman.

Pregnancy Alters Gut Microbiome and Impacts Immune Response

Pregnancy leads to an eruption of physiological and metabolic changes in the body. Among many of these changes are dramatic fluctuations in the immune system, but how these changes may take place has alluded scientists until now.
A person standing with a cartoon of an intestines with bacteria on their stomach.

What Is the Microbiome and How Do We Study It?

Dive into the fascinating realm of microbiome research with our latest episode of Teach Me in 10.
A woman sitting alone on a chair.

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Linked to Cognitive Decline in Midlife

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a condition that affects up to 10% of women. A new study has identified a link between the hormonal disorder and issues with memory in midlife.
A woman drinking a glass of water.

Heavy Metal Exposure Could Deplete Eggs in Ovaries

Exposure to toxic heavy metals can lead to various harmful effects on the body. New research suggests middle-aged women in particular may face heightened risks.
A human skull.

Black Death Did Not Lead to Genetic Shift in Cambridgeshire

Researchers from the University of Cambridge investigated whether the Black Death led to a genetic shift in disease susceptibility in the surviving populations.