Profile – Rhiannon Laban, University College London

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Rhiannon Laban


Rhiannon Laban

Job title:

Research Technician

Place of work / study:

UK Dementia Research Institute, University College London

Area of Research:

Fluid biomarkers

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.

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