I am a King’s Bioscience Institute PhD student investigating the function of RNA binding proteins (RBPs) implicated in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis under the cosupervision of Corinne Houart (Developmental Neurobiology), Sasi Conte (Randall Division) and Chris Shaw (Basic and Clinical Neuroscience). I aim to use the zebrafish as a model system to dissect protein function in vivo, and biophysical techniques to probe the molecular details of RNA-RBP interactions in vitro.
From 2009-2013 I completed an undergraduate masters in Biochemistry (MBiochem) at the University of Bath. During this time I undertook two external research projects. In 2011, I spent 6 months investigating the role of regional adiposity on the development of diet induced glucose intolerance at the Garvan Institute, Sydney under Professor Gregory Cooney. Whilst in 2012, I spent 6 months at St Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis studying the role of wnt signalling in inner ear hair cell regeneration under Dr Jian Zuo. Subsequently, in 2014, I completed a Masters of Research in Biomedical and Translational Science as part of the KBI PhD programme before beginning my PhD project later that year.