I graduated from the University of Oxford (Wadham College) with an undergraduate degree in Experimental Psychology in 2017. I then studied MSc Neuroscience at King’s College London, graduating in 2018. My MSc research project was with Dr. Sandrine Thuret, using induced pluripotent stem cells to investigate the effects of cellular stress on neurogenesis. This project sparked my passion for lab-based research. Therefore, after my Masters I worked as a Research Assistant at the Oxford Drug Discovery Institute, developing in vitro models of Parkinson’s disease for phenotypic analysis and compound screening.
I chose the MRC DTP at King’s College London because of its focus on multidisciplinary research. The 1+3 structure means we have the opportunity to try out several projects before choosing a final PhD project. I have used my MRes year to try new lab techniques, experience different lab environments and improve my academic writing skills. This experience has been invaluable in making me a more competent researcher.
- Understanding molecule delivery across the blood-brain barrier to improve safety of anti-psychotic drugs in elderly patients.
- Understanding neuronal migration disorders using human tissue models.
- The effect of mitochondrial transport and function on synaptic integrity during ageing.
- British Neuroscience Association (BNA) Scholarship, 2021
- Wadham College Part I and II Final Examination Awards, 2016 and 2017