I completed my undergraduate degree in Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford (Wadham College). I then completed an MSc in Neuroscience at King’s College London, specialising in neural stem cells and nervous system repair. My MSc research project was supervised by Dr. Sandrine Thuret at the Maurice Wohl Clinical Neuroscience Institute, where I used induced pluripotent stem cells to investigate the effects of environment-induced cellular stress on hippocampal neurogenesis. I made extensive use of plate-based assays such as MTT, and confocal high-content imaging with the Opera Phenix.
Currently, I am a Research Assistant at the Oxford Drug Discovery Institute, in collaboration with DPAG. My role is to develop and optimise an in vitro alpha-synuclein aggregation assay to model Parkinson’s disease. This assay will be used to screen de-ubiquitinating enzyme inhibitors, with the hope of finding a compound that reliably reduces protein aggregation.