Profile – Jo Sharpe

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Jo Sharpe

Job Title:

PhD student

Place of work / study:

University of Manchester

Area of research:

C9orf72 FTD/ALS

How is your work funded:

Medical Research Council DTP

Tell us a little about yourself:

I use the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, to investigate the molecular mechanisms that underpin FTD and ALS. I started my PhD in 2017 after completing an integrated masters course in biology at the University of York. I have come to love all aspects of public engagement and outreach work, and am enthusiastic about making science accessible for all.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself:

In my spare time, I like to make stop-motion animations using clay figures.

Why did you choose to work in dementia?

It was a combination of two things: firstly a fascination with the brain and a love for genetics, and secondly to try and help address the lack of understanding and treatment for this devastating disease.


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