Profile – Fiona Calvert


Fiona Calvert

Job Title:

PhD Student

Place of work / study:

Wellcome Sanger Institute

Area of research:

Microglia and neuroinflammation

How is your work funded?

Combined Wellcome and MRC studentship 

Tell us a little about yourself:            

I am a final year PhD student based in Cambridge. I work at the Wellcome Sanger Institute where I use genetic data to understand microglia and their role in Alzheimer’s disease. I am also passionate about science communication and have recently become the UK producer for the Story Collider – a not for profit organisation that runs live shows and a podcast sharing personal stories about science.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself:           

I am a proud member of the Slytherin house and my Patronus is an otter.

Why did you choose to work in dementia?

I became fascinated about the complexity of the brain while studying my undergraduate degree. Alzheimer’s disease is like a giant puzzle and I really enjoy how dementia research encompasses so many different areas of biology: neuroscience, immunology, the microbiome, genetics as well as social policy and psychology.

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