Rubika Balendra
Position: Phd Student

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.




Helen Devine

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Rubika Balendra

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Daniel Coftas

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Claire Hall

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Martina Halleger

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Jasmine Harley

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Luke Hill

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Philip Smethurst

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Rickie Patani

Lab Supervisor

Fredrique Rau

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