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Kaitlyn Cramb

Junior Research Fellow

Junior Research Fellow in Biochemistry at St John’s College, University of Oxford

Parkinson's disease is a brain disorder that causes devastating loss of movement control with currently no disease-modifying treatments available. My research as a postdoctoral scientist aims to investigate the molecular mechanisms involved in the specific vulnerability of midbrain dopaminergic neurons to degeneration in Parkinson's disease. I utilize human iPSC-derived dopamine neurons to investigate early sequences of dysfunction with a focus on dopamine release, metabolism and handling. Before beginning my position of Junior Research Fellow at St. John's College, Oxford in October 2023, I obtained my DPhil in Physiology, Anatomy & Genetics at the University of Oxford with the aid of the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Postgraduate award, Canadian Centennial Scholarship Fund (CCSF), St. John's College Lester B. Pearson award and the Clarendon fund. Prior to my DPhil, I completed my masters thesis on adult neurogenesis at ETH Zurich in Switzerland working with Prof. Sebastian Jessberger and my BSc in Microbiology & Immunology from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. During my time at UBC, I worked on tissue morphogenesis as a research assistant for two years with Prof. Guy Tanentzapf. I have also previously held multiple teaching positions including full-time high school science and math teacher and part-time university-level tutorial teaching assistant.