In 2017 I moved to Sheffield University and the Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience as a Vice Chancellor’s Fellow, where I am now establishing my own independent research group. Prior to this, as a post-doc I worked on the coordination of microtubule-dependent motors during axonal transport with Prof Erika Holzbaur at the University of Pennsylvania and Prof Giampietro Schiavo at the UCL Institute of Neurology. I obtained my PhD under the supervision of Prof Josef Kittler in the department of Neuroscience, Physiology and Pharmacology at University College London (UCL) whilst studying the molecular mechanisms of gamma-aminobutyric acid type A receptor (GABA-A receptor) transport by kinesin in neurons.
2017 - present, Vice Chancellor’s Fellow, Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK
2011 - 2017, Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Pennsylvania, Cancer Research UK London Research Institute & UCL Institute of Neurology
2010 - 2011, Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Dept of Neuroscience, Physiology & Pharmacology, University College London
2005 - 2010, PhD in Molecular Neurobiology, Dept of Neuroscience, Physiology & Pharmacology, University College London
2001 - 2005, MSci Hons (1st Class) in Biochemistry, Imperial College London
I decided to go to university as a mature student after working in the telecoms industry for 7 years and then working in care for the elderly for 2 years. Working with people who suffered from diseases associated with aging inspired me to pursue a research career studying neurodegeneration. I obtained my BSc in Biomedical Science at the University of Sheffield, where I became interested in the molecular aspects of disease and specialised in cellular and molecular biology in my third year. From there, I went on to study for an MSc in Molecular Medicine at the University of Sheffield. I am currently writing my thesis on the role that microtubule dynamics play in neurodegenerative diseases.
I was raised in Manchester before I studied for my undergraduate BSc Biology at Sheffield Hallam University. After realising I wanted to pursue a career in academic research I switched over to the University of Sheffield to study for an MSc Translational Neuroscience. Neuroscience is something I’ve always been interested in so it was a logical next step from my bachelors. For my MSc research project I am developing new methods to understand the activation of kinesin-1 in response to cargo binding.
I grew up in Birmingham, then came to Sheffield for University in 2016. I am currently in the summer between my second and third year, studying for a MBiolSci degree in Biochemistry at the University of Sheffield. I would love to pursue a career in research, so I applied for the Sheffield Undergraduate Research Experience scheme in the Twelvetrees lab. As well as giving me the opportunity to study neuroscience practically, this will also give me a chance to experience what a research career actually entails. I will be helping to build a molecular tool to visualise microtubules in neurons.