Project Title: Investigation of stress-induced senescence associated with ageing and neurodegeneration
Supervisor: Dr Raffaella Nativio, Professor Jesus Gil
Location:  Level 7, Sir Michael Uren Hub, White City Campus, 86 Wood Lane, W12 0BZ

About Me

I am a Clinical Medical Research PhD student in the Nativio lab in the Department of Brain Sciences at Imperial College London, investigating stress-induced senescence associated with ageing and neurodegeneration. Before starting my PhD, I completed a BSc in Biomedical Science at Queen Mary University of London where I focused on genetics and molecular biology with a project on cellular senescence in Crohn’s Disease. I then went on to do a MRes in Experimental Neuroscience at Imperial, where I undertook three projects focusing on neurodegeneration in three different areas of neuroscience, including neuroimaging at Imperial, molecular biology in the UK Dementia Research Institute (UK DRI) centre at Imperial, and bioinformatics at University College London (UCL). Furthermore, I have worked as a nursing assistant with patients with age-related neurodegenerative disorders, ever since starting my studies in medical science, which have been a key driver for pursuing a masters in neuroscience and now a PhD focusing on ageing and neurodegeneration.


  • 2021-2022: MRes Experimental Neuroscience, Imperial College London (External projects at the UK DRI and UCL)
  • 2018-2021: BSc Biomedical Science, Queen Mary University of London

Research Interests 

Ageing is the top risk factor for neurodegeneration, however the mechanisms of how ageing predisposes or drives neurodegeneration is not yet known. I am interested in understanding how the interplay of genetic and environmental factors contribute to epigenetic regulation in ageing and neurodegeneration. Within this topic, my current research uses stress-induced senescence as a model to investigate epigenetic pathways in brain cells across multiple types of stresses in ageing and neurodegeneration.

Presentations and Conferences

  • Poster at ASAP Celebration of Scientific Achievement (COSA) 2022

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