Profile – Professor Tammaryn Lashley, University College London

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Professor Tammaryn Lashley


Professor Tammaryn Lashley

Job Title:

Professor of Neuroscience

Place of work / study:

UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology

Area of Research:


How is your work funded?

The majority of my lab’s research is funded by research grants

Tell us a little about yourself:

I have been working at UCL for over 24 years! I started here as a research technician, studied for my PhD part-time whilst undertaking all the routine histology for the brain bank. During my PhD I had two children, but still managed to complete the part-time PhD in 6 years. After completing several post-doc projects and having another baby, I applied for my junior fellowship with Alzheimer’s Research UK which was successful. This led onto a successful senior fellowship application and promotion to Professor of Neuroscience. My lab consists of three post-docs and a PhD student. I have supervised over 17 PhD students to completion and was recently appointed the departmental graduate tutor for the Institute of Neurology. The labs research covers all neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer’s disease, Frontotemporal dementia and Parkinson’s disease. We use the diseased human brain tissue to investigate the changes that have occurred in these brains; pathologically, genetically and biochemically. Research has focused on neurons and the abnormal proteins within these brains, but recently research has shifted to investigating RNA binding proteins and glial cells within these diseases. I was promoted to Professor in 2020.

I was promoted to Professor in 2021 – you can watch Professors Lashley’s innorgural lecture on YouTube.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself:

Fun fact that’s difficult! I guess I don’t take work to seriously. My kids keep everything in perceptive.

Why did you choose to work in dementia?

I don’t think I actively chose it, I started as a research technician and I have worked hard to obtain research funding to continue my research.

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

Keep your research in perspective to the rest of your life.

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

Hmm can I put ‘Cognitive Neurology and dementia’ here?

Can we find you on Twitter or Instagram?

Would you like to share your playlist?

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