Project: Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia: Why cells die and how we can treat them.
Life in the Lab
Recent discoveries in MND implicate problems with RNA (the genetic code for proteins) as a common feature in motor neuron death. In particular, mutations lead to modification resulting in the accumulation of TDP-43 protein. Gene expression regulation is a very sophisticated process involving several steps and TDP-43 is involved in this process.
My research project aims to understand how the accumulation of TDP-43 affects gene expression and how this contributes to motor neuron disease.
Life outside the Lab
During my free time I like to practice sports (swimming and horse riding), but also going to music concerts, theatre and ballet. I like traveling to explore different countries, cultures and food.