Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Brain Sciences

Centre Manager - UK Dementia Research Institute



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I manage the UK Dementia Research Institute at Imperial College London.  

I joined Imperial in 2010, to establish the CRUK Centre - a centre of excellence within a national network.  In my role as Centre Manager, I brought the CRUK Centre and the ECMC successfully through three competitive renewal cycles. 

I am thrilled to now have the opportunity to apply my experience to Dementia.

I moved into research management after several years at the bench, so I have first-hand experience of the needs of our researchers.  Originally from NJ, I completed my BSc (Hons) in Molecular Biology at the University of Liverpool and my PhD in Nanomedicine and Drug Delivery at the UCL School of Pharmacy. During my PhD, I studied the therapeutic potential of siRNA utilising novel delivery systems including cationic liposomes and functionalised carbon nanotubes.  I have held research positions at Princeton University and the Institute of Neurology, UCL.

The diversity of my role as Centre Manager means no two days are the same – from supporting multi-million pound collaborative grant applications to developing a social media presence.  I love building effective networks and have facilitated numerous multidisciplinary workshops that have led to innovative grant applications.  We are uniquely placed at Imperial to apply world class expertise in engineering and physical sciences to clinical challenges. 

I have the privilege of working closely with scientists at every level, from world experts in their fields to PhD students just beginning their careers, as well as with our funders and their generous supporters.