Project: Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia: Why cells die and how we can treat them.
Life in the Lab
For my PhD I will investigate a rare genetic movement disorder called Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia. These patients suffer lower limb disability due to degeneration of the brain and spinal cord. I aim to generate brain cells from Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia patients as well as from healthy age matched people (controls). Due to the disease the brain cells from patients will be unhealthy relative to the brain cells generated from controls. Using these cells I can begin to understand how the disease starts, progresses and ultimately cause harm to the cell. This knowledge will be important in targeting future therapeutic interventions for patients.
Life outside the Lab
Outside the lab I enjoy scuba diving, fishing and metal detecting.