Profile – Sophie Sanford, University of Cambridge

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Sophie Sanford


Sophie Sanford

Job title:

PhD Student

Place of work / study:

UK Dementia Research Institute at University of Cambridge

Area of Research:

Immunology, Neuroimmunology, Antiviral Immunity, Alzheimer’s Disease, Tauopathy

How is your work funded?

Alzheimer’s Society PhD Studentship

Tell us a little about yourself:

I am a PhD Student in the group of Dr William McEwan at the University of Cambridge UK Dementia Research Institute. I studied Immunology and Infection at UCL before starting my PhD project on the role of the antiviral immune system in models of tau aggregation in Alzheimer’s Disease.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself:

When not in the lab you can find me playing the violin in a band…

Why did you choose to work in dementia?

Seeing my grandfather suffer with dementia, and his fast decline was a major reason why I chose to work in dementia research. I saw how it affected my grandmother as a carer. By being a dementia researcher, I hope I can make even a small contribution to slowing the progression of the disease.

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

A good lab group and supervisor will help you get through anything!

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

I was given ‘Dune’ as a present – I am thoroughly enjoying it despite sci-fi not normally being my thing!

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