I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Glasgow, where I obtained a BSc (Hons) in Neuroscience. I then completed an MSc in Medical Research at Uppsala University, which involved two research projects on Parkinson’s disease (PD). The first project, with Prof Joakim Bergström, looked at presynaptic dysfunction in mouse and cellular models of PD. Next, working with Prof Åsa Mackenzie, I explored the heterogeneity of dopamine neurons in the ventral tegmental area and how this is affected in PD. In 2020, I started working as a Research Assistant in the Mouse Models of Neurodegeneration lab at MRC Harwell, led by Prof Elizabeth Fisher and Dr Tom Cunningham. Here the aim was to generate and phenotype novel humanised mouse models for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
I am currently working as a Research Assistant in the Cragg Lab looking to unravel the modulators and circuits within the striatum that govern dopamine signalling and its dysregulation in Parkinson’s disease.