Meet The Team
I completed my BSc in Pharmacology at the University of Southampton prior to moving to Imperial for MRes studies in Neuroscience. I stayed at Imperial College to complete my PhD under the supervision of Prof David Dexter, looking at the neuroprotective potential of histone deacetylase inhibitors in Parkinson's disease, using imaging to quantify disease progression in the rodent brain. I then moved to UCL's Centre for Advanced Biomedical Imaging to lead a collaborative project with Eli Lilly looking to develop imaging strategies to assess pathology in mouse models of Alzheimer's disease. I am currently the recipient of Alzheimer's Research UK and Parkinson's UK reserarch fellowships aiming to understand the involvement of the glymphatic system in neurodegenerative disease.
Postdoctoral Research Associate
I joined the Harrison lab in March 2020 as a postdoctoral researcher and have a PhD in Neuroscience (Cell and Developmental Biology) from UCL. I am experienced neurobiologist, with wealth of knowledge and experience in molecular biology, neuroscience and behaviour, with a background and particular interest in neurodegeneration. Throughout my academic career, I have worked together and under the supervision of many top research scientists, across different labs within the Neuroscience field. During my academic journey, I have acquired skills within both Basic and Translational Medicine Research and gained expertise in various lab techniques, ranging from cell and molecular biology, to RNA sequencing, to immunohistochemistry to in vivo assays.
For my undergraduate degree I went to the University of Portsmouth and obtained First Class Honours in Pharmacology. Here I discovered a passion for neuroscience and research, so I decided to study MRes Translational Research at University College London. My research project was hosted by Ian, and worked to determine if the glymphatic system had a role in the clearance of propagation-prone alpha-synuclein in mice, as a reflection of Parkinson’s disease. I will be returning to Ian’s lab in October 2021 to begin a research assistant role looking Aquaporin-4 (the protein that we believe facilitates glymphatic flow) in post-mortem PD brains and whether this is a viable target for disease treatment. After this position, it is my aspiration to become a PhD candidate and continue with neurodegenerative disease research.
MSc Neuroscience Student
After completing my BSc in Chemistry at Reading University I took a detour away from science and qualified as a Management Accountant. During this time, I developed an interest in neurodegeneration and so my recent return to science in 2020 to undertake an MSc in Neuroscience at UCL has been deeply rewarding. Under the supervision of Dr Ian Harrison, my MSc project involves investigating the impact of alpha-synuclein on the glymphatic system and the expression of aquaporin-4 and related membrane proteins in a disease model. Whilst developing many new skills in the laboratory, it is also heartening to be able to use the data management skills learnt in my professional career. After qualification in 2022, my hope is to continue contributing to neurodegenerative research.
MSc Advanced Biomedical Imaging Student
I originally have a background in biomedical science with a BSc degree from the University of Warwick but have always thought that neurobiology was a fascinating subject. This year, I have had the opportunity to undertake my MSc research project at the Harrison lab, looking at the role of the glymphatic system on the propagation of tau in mouse models. Once I finish this degree, I hope to pursue a career in academia as a biomedical imaging scientist.
Summer Placement Student
I completed my undergraduate degree at University College London and achieved a First Class Honours in Biochemistry. I completed my dissertation looking at how GBA1 deficiency contributes to Parkinson's disease pathogenesis, and took several elective modules involving protein dysfunction and propagation in Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease. I am currently studying MSc Neuroscience at King's College London, and will be specialising in 'Neurodegeneration Research'. I have completed a summer placement in Ian's lab conducting biochemical assays which assess the integrity of the dystrophin-associated complex in mouse brain tissue, aiming to determine if there are any changes which are associated with disease progression. I hope to continue contributing to lab-based research in neurodegenerative diseases following the completion of my MSc.