I am a research officer in the research team of Dr Spyridon Theofilopoulos.
I hold a BSc in Genetics and a Health and Care Research Wales funded PhD in Medical and Health Care Studies both from Swansea University. My PhD focused on the function of innate immune receptors in gestation associated tissues. This has led to a long-standing interest on the role innate immunity in health and disease, particularly relating to the inflammasome and IL-1 family cytokines.
My current research involves identifying the function and mechanism of action of cholesterol metabolites, up- or down-regulated in Parkinson’s disease (PD) patients. Any newly identified neuroprotective agents will be examined to determine if they can prevent or rescue phenotypic features of PD in models of PD.
Further to my research role, I also contribute to teaching at different levels across the medical school.