Postdoctoral Neuronal Cell Biologist
University of Oxford, (2014-2018), DPhil Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics
University College London, (2012-2014), MRes Neuroscience
University of Nottingham, (2009-2012), BSc Biochemistry and Genetics
My main research interest is to understand the molecular and cellular mechanisms involved in neurodegenerative diseases, such as Parkinson's disease and motor neuron disease (MND).
I began working within the field of neurodegeneration during my MRes Degree, where I worked in Professor Victor Tybulewicz's laboratory and continued my work here as a research technician until 2014. My studies focused on identifying genes located on human chromosome 21 that cause motor neuron degeneration in Down syndrome.
Then in 2014, I joined Professor Peter Oliver's group, where I investigated the protective function of an antioxidant protein called oxidation resistance 1 (Oxr1) and its potential use as a therapeutic target for MND. My DPhil was funded by the motor neurone disease association (MNDA).
Currently, I am a postdoctoral scientist in the Wade-Martins Group. My research aims to improve our understanding of mitochondrial dysfunction and mitophagy in neuronal models of Parkinson's disease with a particular focus on targeting deubiquitinase enzymes as a therapeutic approach. This work is in collaboration with Bristol Myers Squibb.