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.