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Daria Svistunova


Postgraduate Student

I did my 5-year undergraduate degree at Lomonosov Moscow State University, Faculty of Bioengineering and Bioinformatics. After graduating I continued my studies in Oxford, first as an MSc Clinical Embryology student and then as a DPhil student in DPAG.

I am a second year DPhil student under the supervision of Professor Peter Oliver and Professor Dame Kay Davies. My project focuses on a TLDc protein family and specifically on Oxr1, the most studied member of it. This proteins play a role in protection against oxidative stress, but the mechanisms of this are not understood. Deletion of Oxr1 leads to apoptosis of cerebellar granule cells and early death in mice, and mutations in TBC1D24, another TLDc protein, cause epilepsy, mental retardation and other neurological symptoms in humans.

DPAG has a diverse range of research going on, which gives great opportunities not only to learn something new but also to find specialist in almost any area or technique. It gives students an amazing chance to broaden their knowledge and build a good contact network for the future.

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