Profile – Alicia Northall, University of Oxford

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Alicia Northall


Alicia Northall

Job Title:

Postdoctoral researcher

Place of work / study:

University of Oxford

Area of Research:


How is your research funded:

Oxford-GSK Institute of Molecular and Computational Medicine (IMCM)

Tell us a little about yourself:

I recently moved back home to the UK after completing my PhD in Neuroscience at the University of Tubingen / Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg in Germany. My research focuses on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a rapidly progressing neurodegenerative disease affecting both motor and cognitive functions. My doctoral research characterised microstructural changes to the brain in living patients using 7-Tesla MRI. Prior to my PhD, I studied Psychology at the University of Bristol and a masters in neuroimaging at the University of Birmingham.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself:

I was accidentally an extra in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 during filming in New York in 2015.

What single piece of advice would you give to an early career researcher?

Remember that even the most senior and renowned researchers started where you are! Also, don’t feel that you should only pursue training in one area of research or methodology. The early career stage is your chance to build a unique skill set.

What book are you reading right now? Would you recommend it?

Everything I Know About Love by Dolly Alderton. Yes, it’s so funny!

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