Place of work / study:
UK Dementia Research Institute, University College London
Area of Research:
How is your work funded?
Tell us a little about yourself:
I studied medical genetics for my undergrad degree, then genomic medicine for my Master’s. During a brief stint in skin cancer research, I had a wonderful insight into working with patients, many of whom are affected by dementia either directly or via a family member. Having conducted past research projects in Parkinson’s disease and prion disease, and after hearing firsthand how dementia affected individuals and families, I wanted to continue my research pursuits in dementia.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself:
I love crafts and keeping my hands busy. In particular knitting, crochet, and sewing – the pure joy of being able to wear something I’ve created is wonderful.
Why did you choose to work in dementia?
I have always been fascinated by the brain so I knew I wanted to work in research that focussed on this organ. Because dementia does and will affect so many people, I wanted to use my interests and passion for the brain and human disease to be a part of addressing it.
What book are you reading right now? Would you recommend it?
It’s Not That Radical (Mikaela Loach) – yes, a must-read for everyone, about tangible climate action efforts.