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Research groups

Matthew Williamson

Postgraduate Student


University of Oxford, (2014-Current), DPhil Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics

University College London, (2012-2014), MRes Neuroscience

University of Nottingham, (2009-2012), BSc Biochemistry and Genetics

Research Interests

My main research interest is to understand the molecular and cellular mechanisms involved in neurodegenerative disease, such as Alzheimer's disease and motor neuron disease.

I began working within the field of neurodegeneration during my MRes Degree (2012-2013), 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.

Currently, in Professor Peter Oliver's laboratory, I am investigating the protective function of an antioxidant protein called oxidation resistance 1 (Oxr1) and its potential use as a therapeutic target for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). My DPhil is funded by the motor neurone disease association (MNDA).

Neuromuscular junctions from rodent hindpaw lumbrical muscles

1st Prize in DPAG Image Competition 2017
1st Prize in DPAG Image Competition 2017