Jodi Parslow

0+3.5 Student

My PhD project is researching neuron-glia signalling and neuroinflammation underlying neurodegenerative diseases. With two colleagues also on the DTP, I had only heard good things. I was particularly drawn to the collaborative feel of the programme, having the opportunity for shared training and research activities, and the social aspects of the DTP – which I hope we will be able to experience post-pandemic. I have really enjoyed the additional workshops and mini-courses the DTP has to offer its students, particularly the Connecting with Industry coursewhich was run over 8-weeks by an external company and formed many new connections. In the absence of in-person conferences and events, this virtual networking was a great substitute. I did my Medical Neuroscience BSc at the University of Sussex and, after being awarded with an Academic Excellence Scholarship, I stayed to do my Neuroscience Master of Research (MRes). For which, I graduated at the top of my class and was awarded the School Prize for the Best Performance in a Neuroscience Masters Course. During my MRes, I completed two lab-based projects totalling 9 months’ research experience. After this, I joined a wearable technology SME as Research & Partnerships Lead where I worked for a year and then worked for another year as a Research Assistant at King’s College London before the start of my PhD. Before university (and alongside my BSc) I was a nursing assistant working with dementia patients, this and my experiences in grant writing, tutoring and project management have all given me skills relevant to PhD study. I am currently working on my first publication and I am also very active in public engagement and outreach work. I give regular talks at events for schools, The Dementia Researcher, and Alzheimer’s Research UK – as well as organising Early Career Researcher events as part of my role on the ARUK ECR committee. I work regularly for charities such as ICanBe and The Brilliant Club, co-host an equality in STEM podcast and have recently written an abstract on Women in STEM for a book!  

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