Profile – Professor Heather Mortiboys, University of Sheffield

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Professor Heather Mortiboys


Professor Heather Mortiboys

Job title:

Professor of Cellular Neuroscience and Metabolism

Place of work / study:

The University of Sheffield

Area of Research:

Mitochondria and associated pathways in patient derived cells from patients with neurodegenerative diseases, Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s Disease and Motor Neuron Disease. Understanding phenotypes, the mechanisms leading to them and how they can be rescued for therapeutic effect.

How is your work funded?

Mixture of funding from charities, UKRI and industry collaborations.

Tell us a little about yourself:

I’m a mum of 2 boys, love long walks and a pub lunch, as well as watching sports.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself:

Competed in several trampolining competitions.

Why did you choose to work in dementia?

Really wanted to do something which would make a difference to people’s lives. Dementia and other conditions has such an impact on the people who have the condition and their family and friends, really wanted to work in translational research to have an impact.

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

Follow your research passion.

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

Thursday Murder Club, yes absolutely

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