biography

I grew up in North London and attended Highgate Wood School, a comprehensive in Haringey. I studied for a BSc at Bristol University finishing in 2008. I returned to London in 2008 and began studying for a MSc in Neuroscience at University College London, (UCL). I undertook a PhD at the Centre for Advanced Biomedical Imaging (CABI) between 2010-2014 funded by an MRC Capacity Building Studentship. In 2014 I started my first post doctoral position at the Centre for Cardiovascular and Metabolic Neuroscience (CCMN) which is where I currently work.

My research interests are focused on astrocytes, cerebral perfusion and the autonomic nervous system. For example I spent my PhD years studying the role of astrocytes and purines in neurovascular coupling. More recently my work is focused on hypoxia-evoked vasodilation of cerebral arterioles and the origin on nitric oxide in the brain. I am also interested in the locus coeruleus in the context of ageing  and how nor adrenaline regulates astrocytic activity throughout the brain.  My research techniques include functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), arterial spin labelling (ASL), optogenetics and two photon laser scanning microscopy.

I am a passionate environmentalist, interested in how individuals can reduce their impact upon the earth. I love gardening and exploring woodland with my beautiful dog Otis.