Dr Richard Lofthouse
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I am an antibody engineer currently working on the development of new antibodies against Tau protein. I have been using the antibodies developed in the lab in various combinations to measure the levels of tau fragments in plasma.
How is your work funded?
I am lucky to be funded as part of a partnership between TauRx and GT Diagnostics.
Tell us a little about yourself:
I grew up in a small village just outside Edinburgh and travelled to Aberdeen for my undergrad in Neuroscience with Psychology. I studied a masters in Stratified Medicine and Pharmacological Innovation jointly run between the University of Aberdeen and the University of Glasgow before completing my PhD at the University of Aberdeen.
I’m now completing a post-doc at the University of Aberdeen continuing to work on the discoveries I made during my PhD. When I’m not in the lab I am a keen tennis player and enjoy getting out to explore the wonderful countryside that the North East of Scotland has to offer.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself:
I am massively into country music and have lead line dancing events in Nashville.
Why did you choose to work in dementia?
My grandad sadly died with Alzheimer’s in 2003 when I was still quite young. This had a profound impact on me and fostered a life long fascination with the disease.
What single piece of advice would you give to an early career researcher?
Remember that the success or failure of a particular experiment doesn’t define who you are as an individual. You are more than just the sum of a portfolio of completed labwork.
What book are you reading right now? Would you recommend it?
Catastrophe: Europe goes to war. I’m really into military history and would definitely recommend this so far.