My PhD project focuses on neuron-glia signalling and neuroinflammation underlying neurodegenerative diseases. Specifically, I am researching a novel cell death mechanism called karyoptosis, which occurs when there’s a block in autophagy. This cell death mechanism is uniquely defined by a combination of nucleophagy and the release of extracellular vesicles. My project seeks to understand the date of these vesicles, and what role they may play in the context of microglia and inflammation.
I completed my Medical Neuroscience BSc at the University of Sussex and, after being awarded with a £5,000 Academic Excellence Scholarship for my First Class Honours, I stayed there to study my Neuroscience Master of Research (MRes). 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 totaling 9 months research experience. After this, I joined a wearable technology SME as a Grant and Proposal Writer, and later promoted to Research & Partnerships Lead, where I worked to develop collaborative projects with academia-industry-charity-end user consortia to develop wearable tech for health. After this, I rejoined the lab as a Research Assistant at King’s College London, where I lead a project funded by the MNDA, before starting my PhD in the same lab. I am also currently working as a freelance science writer alongside my lab research, and I am an active science communicator. I give regular talks at events and schools, write blogs for the Dementia Researcher, tutor with The Brilliant Club, sit on the ARUK ECR committee, run my own podcast and SciComm platforms and I am an ISTAART Ambassador with the Alzheimer’s Association. I work regularly for charities such as ICanBe and have recently written a chapter on Women in STEM for an Amazon BestSeller book!
In preparation. But book – https://g.co/kgs/in4WZ6
Woman Innovator of the Year 2021 (WEnnovate)
Alzheimer’s Association ISTAART Ambassador Award (value more than $5,000) March 2022
Medical Research Council PhD Studentship September 2020
Guarantors of Brain Travel Award July 2022
School Prize for the Best Overall Performance in
Neuroscience January 2019
Academic Excellence Scholarship (value £5,000) July 2017
King’s College London Neuroscience PhD Symposium, London 2022 (Poster)
Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC22), San Diego 2022 (Poster)
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