Profile – Dr Emma Mee Hayes

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Dr Emma Mee Hayes


Dr Emma Mee Hayes

Job title:

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Place of work / study:

Department of Brain Sciences, Imperial College London

Area of Research:

Tau pathology and Proteasomal Activity in iPSC derived neurons

How is your work funded?

UK-Dementia Research Institute

Tell us a little about yourself:

I’m from Dublin, Ireland where I did both my undergraduate degrees (Biomed, University College Dublin) and MSc Degrees (Neuroscience, Trinity).  I started my PhD in Oxford in 2016 where I studied the role of mTOR in tau aggregation in iPSC derived neurons.  This is my first post-doc – which I choose as it’s a similar research area as my PhD research, but gives me the opportunity to learn different techniques.  Outside of science – I love watching rugby, wandering around charity shops and post lockdown I’m most excited for cinemas to reopen.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself:

Halloween is my favourite holiday.

Why did you choose to work in dementia?

Two reasons – I remember thinking once how lucky I was that (at the time) none of my older relatives suffered from dementia and how much I would have lost if they had suffered from dementia.  I also was completing my studies around the time of the major antibody trial failures so it was an interesting time for the field – lots of new areas of research opened up.

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