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Podcast Profile – Dr Katharine Askew

Name:

Dr Katie Askew

Job Title:

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Place of work / study:

Horsburgh Lab, The University of Edinburgh

Area of research:

Neuroinflammation in vascular dementia

How is your work currently funded:

Working as part of an Alzheimer’s Research UK Program Grant

Tell us a little about yourself:            

I did my PhD at the University of Southampton with Diego Gomez-Nicola and Hugh Perry looking at mechanisms controlling microglial turnover in the healthy brain and ageing. I moved to the University of Edinburgh in November 2018 and shifted my research focus to understanding how microglial turnover changes in the context of a disease model, specifically in a model of vascular cognitive impairment.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself:

I have two house bunnies called Lola and Floki – I got Lola at the start of my PhD (her official title is now Queen Dr Lola Flufflebutt) and Floki has been a recent addition at the start of my postdoc.

Why did you choose to work in dementia?

I was interested to see how the mechanisms I already understood were changing in disease and I really wanted to learn something new!

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