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I am a lecturer in Neuropharmacology at the School of Life and Medical Sciences. My research interests are focused on behvioural and cognitive changes in neurodegenerative disease. I obtained my PhD in Neuroscience in 2017 from the University of Dundee School of Medicine where I investigated the neuroprotective effects of leptin mimetic agents in cellular models of Alzheimer's Disease in the research group of Dr Jenni Harvey. After completion of my PhD, I moved to the University of Exeter College of Medicine and Health to assess the effects of an orally active brain permeable AMPK activator on counterregulation following acute and recurrent hypoglycaemia in-vivo as a postdoctoral researcher within the research group of Drs Craig Beall and Kate Ellacott. I started my second postdoctoral role with Drs Byron Creese and Aaron Jeffries at the same university to generate gene expression profiles for compounds with antipsychotic actions which are in various stages of clinical development and are relevant to the treatment of neuropsychiatric symptoms in AD. This work was in collaboration with the Complex Disease Epigenetics Group of Prof Jonathan Mill at Exeter and Eli lilly, UK. I started a new postdoctoral fellow position within the Neurodegenerative Disease Group of Dr Mahmoud Iravani at the University of Hertfordshire in 2019 where I examined the neuroprotective effects of nicotinic agents for treatment of LDOPA-induced dyskinesia in Parkinson's Disease in-vivo. This project was in collaboration with University of Newcastle.

I will continue my research in discovering therapeutic compounds for the treatment of LDOPA-induced dyskinesia and cognitive enhancing effects of nicotinic agents in Parkinson's Disease models. In the first instance, I will continue my collaboration with Dr Iravani's group at the University of Hertfordshire and expand our research with external collaborators, while submitting grant applications.

 

I am also an admission tutor at the Biosciences group where I review application forms from home and international students and make a decision about the outcome of their application for enrolling into one of our BSc Bioscience courses within the School of Life and Medical Sciences.

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