Dr Katie Askew
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!