Rubika Balendra
Position: Alumni

Project: What can fruit flies and stem cells tell us about motor neuron disease?


Life in the Lab

I study a gene called C9orf72, which is a frequent cause of motor neuron disease. I use stem cells and fruit flies to investigate how this gene could cause the disease and I study drugs that could potentially be used to prevent the disease. I am a Leonard Wolfson Clinical Research Training Fellow and I am funded by a Wellcome Trust Research Training Fellowship. My PhD is primarily supervised by Dr Adrian Isaacs and Prof Linda Partridge.

Life outside the Lab

Outside the lab I enjoy travelling, skiing and scuba diving. My favourite dive so far was on Sipadan Island in Borneo, where the coral and underwater life is phenomenal, and you watch in awe as thousands of barracuda circle around above you.

Rickie Patani

Lab Supervisor

Yiran Wang

Postdoctoral researcher

Jasmine Harley

PhD student

Helen Devine

PhD Student

Oliver Ziff

PhD student

Camilla Højland Knudsen

PhD student

Ben Clarke

Visiting PhD student

Viren Pandya

PhD student

Doaa Taha

PhD student

Jacob Neeves

PhD student