Professor Tammaryn Lashley
Professor of Neuroscience and Director of Research
Place of work / study:
Queen Square Brain Bank, Institute of Neurology, UCL
Area of Research:
Tell us a little about yourself:
I have been working at UCL for over 18 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 ARUK which was successful. This led onto a successful senior fellowship application, which I am currently half way through. My lab is expanding and I currently have two post-docs, one research technician and supervise 11 PhD students. The research covers all neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer’s disease, Frontotemporal dementia, Parkinsons 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 recent grant applications that if successful will allow us to branch out into investigating glial cells and lipidomics.
I was promoted to Professor in 2021 – you can watch Professors Lashley’s innorgural lecture on YouTube.
My research is based around various neurodegenerative disease, including Alzheimer’s disease and Frontotemporal Dementia. We use post-mortem human brain tissue to investigate the underlying pathological mechanisms that cause or are involved in the disease pathogenesis.
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. Or alternatively I am obsessed with counting my steps!
Why did you choose to work in dementia?
I am not sure I necessarily chose to work in dementia; I think it sort of chose me….
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