Dr Christy Hung
Race Against Dementia Fellow
Place of work / study:
University College London
Area of Research:
My research is focused on the lysosomal and autophagy pathway, which acts like a ‘waste disposal system’ within the brain cells that remove and recycle damaged material to prevent the build-up of toxic waste.
How is your work funded?
Race Against Dementia
Tell us a little about yourself:
I was born and raised in Hong Kong. It was during my undergraduate final year project looking at the neural tube development that I first became interested in neuroscience. Driven by this passion, I went on to pursue a PhD at the University of Cambridge, focusing on the transportation of proteins inside nerve cells. After two years of postdoctoral training at the Gurdon Institute in Cambridge, I joined UCL in 2019 as a Race Against Dementia fellow.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself:
The bravest thing I’ve ever done (so far) was riding a Guinness world record-breaking roller coaster in Japan.
Why did you choose to work in dementia?
In my opinion, Alzheimer’s disease remains one of greatest unmet medical needs in our generation. I believe in the power of research to change the future and to protect our future generations from the heartbreak and fear of dementia.
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