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Profile – Tabitha Broadbelt, The University of Edinburgh

Tabitha Broadbelt


Tabitha Broadbelt

Job title:

PhD student

Place of work / study:

The University of Edinburgh [1]

Area of Research:

Behavioural Neuroscience, Learning and Memory. Specifically looking at mechanisms of learning modulation in a mouse model of amyloid pathology.

How is your work funded?

Alzheimer’s Research UK and the Masonic Charitable Foundation Award

Tell us a little about yourself:

I studied Neuroscience at the University of Bristol where I did an MSci with a year in industry. During that year in industry, I worked at Janssen Pharmaceutica in the in vivo department implementing an electrophysiological technique to test potential dementia drugs. I’ve stayed in dementia research but moved into behavioural models when I joined Dr Szu-Han Wang’s group to do my PhD at the University of Edinburgh. I’m now in my third year so we’ll see what comes next!

Tell us a fun fact about yourself:

I gave a presentation to my class in primary school on the human brain and that’s what started my passion for Neuroscience, I very nearly did it on blood so could have been a whole different career!

Why did you choose to work in dementia?

Partly because I’m interested in understanding how memory works and that is a key symptom in dementia; but also because the research has real world impact on such a horrible disease.

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

Be friendly to everyone: lab techs, fellow student, porters… you never know when you might need help with something and anyway it’s always nice to have a friend.

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

I’m reading The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang [2], it’s the perfect bit of escapism at the end of a long day and so interesting to read a fantasy book that’s based on Chinese history.

Can we find you on Twitter & Instagram?

Follow @broadbelt_tab [3]

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