Professor of Neuroscience
Place of work / study:
Royal Veterinary College, University of London
Area of Research:
Molecular cell biology of neurodegeneration.
How is your work funded?
BBSRC, Michael J. Fox Foundation, Royal Society, Aligning Science Across Parkinson’s, Parkinson’s UK
Tell us a little about yourself:
I’ve moved around in neurodegeneration research quite a bit, starting off investigating Alzheimer’s disease before doing a PhD on prion diseases, then moving into Parkinson’s research (which is where most, but not all, of my current interests lie). And now I’m based at a veterinary college, which is really interesting and has provided a very different perspective on looking at neurodegeneration.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself:
I once escaped from Alcatraz.
Why did you choose to work in dementia?
I was drawn in to dementia research by a placement year during my undergraduate degree, and have never looked back.
What single piece of advice would you give to an early career researcher?
Explore and immerse yourself in the research, and try to do that more broadly than the narrow focus of your immediate area. Some of the most interesting research I’m involved in is at first glance only tangentially related to dementia.
What book are you reading right now? Would you recommend it?
Wessex in the early Middle Ages, by Barbara Yorke. And definitely recommend it, although it is fairly heavy on the details.