Place of work / study:
UK Dementia Research Institute Care Research & Technology Centre at Imperial College
Area of Research:
Investigating the use of remote monitoring technologies to improve the provision of healthcare for people living with dementia.
How is your work funded?
My PhD is funded by the MRC as part of the UK Dementia Research Institute Care Research & Technology Centre at Imperial College.
Tell us a little about yourself:
I started out in STEM in Biotechnology before choosing to specialise in Translational Neuroscience for my MSc. I’d known for a while that I wanted to follow a career in dementia research, and I also really loved coding – which I’d started learning just before my BSc – so I was really lucky to meet my now PhD supervisors Prof. Payam Barnaghi and Dr. Eyal Soreq during my MSc. I’m now just under two weeks into my PhD and am so thrilled to have been given the opportunity to present a poster at this year’s AAIC Neuroscience Next Conference. Outside of my PhD, I have a diploma in performance studies and am also a jazz singer.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself:
I once received a hug from Dame Judi Dench 😊
Why did you choose to work in dementia?
My Uncle John – who taught me everything I know about jazz music and crosswords – was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s a few years ago. My choosing to work in dementia research is a promise I made to him. He passed away in 2019, so he’s not here for me to tell him.
What single piece of advice would you give to an early career researcher?
Never hide your passion. Whether it be networking in the hope of forming new collaborations, or just discussing your work with your family and friends.