I am a postdoctoral research fellow working for Dr Barry McColl in the UK Dementia Research Institute at the University of Edinburgh. My research focuses on the role played by microglial cells and the immune system in the progression and pathogenesis of dementias such as Alzheimer’s disease. I completed my PhD at The University of Manchester where I published a paper in the journal Nature Communications on repurposing anti-inflammatory drugs to treat Alzheimer’s Disease, I was also awarded the 2017 President’s Distinguished Achievement Award. I am passionate about public engagement and science communication, co-founding a project aiming to increase public understanding of science called Have You Heard? whilst also managing a team to organise the outreach event Pint of Science and winning the 2017 North-West regional final of the Famelab competition. I also write my own science blog and have written for other blogs. Outside of my work I am a keen hiker/fell runner/mountaineer and (if I get the time) I like to get myself on a squash or badminton court!
- 2019 SULSA ECR Prize in Understanding & Treating Disease (Winner)
- Selected to attend 68th annual Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting
- FBMH Postgraduate Student of the Year 2017 (Winner)
- SBS Outstanding Research Output 2017 (Winner)
- FBMH Outstanding Contribution to Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement 2017 (Highly Commended)
- Famelab North-West Region (Winner)
- University of Manchester 3-Minute Thesis 2017 (Runner up)
Please contact me for any enquiries regarding collaboration, public engagement or science communication.