Dr Christina Toomey
Post-doctoral research associate
Place of work / study:
UCL Dementia Research Institute / Queen Square Brain Bank
Area of research:
Pathology and proteomics of Alzheimer’s disease and frontotemporal dementia
How is your work funded?
UCL Dementia Research Institute
Tell us a little about yourself:
I completed my undergraduate degree in BSc Biomedical Sciences at University of Southampton. I wasn’t sure whether I wanted to do a PhD or not so became a research technician working on the early markers of Parkinson’s disease at Queen Square Brain Bank, UCL Institute of Neurology. I enjoyed it so stayed on to do a PhD under the guidance of Dr Tammaryn Lashley into the role of TREM2 in Alzheimer’s disease. This was funded by ARUK. At the end of my PhD I became the UCL ARUK network early career representative. I am now a post doctoral research associate funded by the UCL Dementia Research Institute with Prof Henrik Zetterberg looking at the pathology and proteomics of different types of dementia.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself:
Alongside my studies I have been a Brownie leader for many years and I am a keen netball player.
Why did you choose to work in dementia?
I have always had an interest in the brain and how it works so neurodegeneration attracted me as a research topic. My grandad then had Parkinson’s with Dementia, giving me the extra push to study this area.