Huzefa Rupawala

Pathway 1+3

Cohort 2016

1+3 Student

In 2016, I graduated from King’s College London with a Neuroscience BSc. Having undertaken several laboratory-based projects in the field of Neuroscience over the last three years, I developed a keen interest in the field of neurobiology and understanding altered cellular mechanisms in the diseased brain.

The MRes year of the MRC DTP programme has allowed me to develop a vast array of scientific techniques that particularly focused on my research interests but also allowed me to broaden my thinking and creativity in designing unique experiments. Additionally, it provided a diverse range of project choices and workshop selections giving me choice and flexibility. I have gained much training with a translational ethos, further enhancing skills of academic writing and presenting. I look forward to gaining the necessary skills to pursue a PhD in this emerging field of research.

Current achievements:

Presenting at Alzheimer’s research UK conference, Acknowledged in Sekhar et al., 2017, PLoS.

Rotation Projects:

1. Does elevated expression of the synaptic protein CSPα prevent neurodegeneration and memory impairment in a mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease? (Professor Peter Giese and Dr Wendy Noble)
2. From bench to bedside: The BBB in health and Alzheimer’s disease (Dr Sarah Ann Thomas and Dr Suzanne J Reeves)
3. Endoplasmic reticulum (ER)-mitochondria associations in fronto-temporal dementia and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (FTD/ALS) (Professor Chris Miller, Professor Paul Francis, Professor Chris Shaw)