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Personal Statement

I am a Chancellors Research Fellow, examining the role of mitochondria in the normal function of cells of the brain (neurons, glia and cerebrovasculature), as well as the role that mitochondria play in protecting or contributing to neurodegeneration or dysfunction in disease. Current particular areas of focus include alterations in mitochondrial motility and functionality due to amyloid-β or hyperglycaemia.


Find out more about neuroscience research at Strathclyde and view our MSc Neuroscience & Mental Health programme.


Research Interests

My primary research interest is in mitochondria, with a particular focus on the involvement of these small organelles with calcium signalling processes and the changes associated with age and diseases. I use high-speed and timelapse fluorescence imaging to visualise and modulate mitochondria and calcium signals within live cells and tissue. 

Teaching Interests

I teach on both the Biomedical Sciences and MPharm degree programs and am course coordinator for the in MSc Neuroscience & Mental Health, as well as module coordinator for year 3 MPharm Management of Cardiovascular Conditions. I host Masters students in the lab - MSc, MSci and MRes projects, in addition to supervising/co-supervising 2 PhD students and 2 EngD students.


Find out more about neuroscience research at Strathclyde and view our MSc Neuroscience & Mental Health programme.


Expertise & Capabilities

I am the University representative for The Physiological Society ( - please do contact me with any queries relating to membership, grant applications, conferences or any other aspect of support that the Society offers.

Core lab techniques and capabilities include:

  • primary neuronal / glial / smooth muscle cell isolation and culture
  • live-cell fluorescence imaging (Ca2+, organelle transport, ROS etc)
  • image analysis & quantification

Academic / Professional qualifications

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

PhD (Dundee / Buck Institute for Age Research, CA)

BSc (Hons) (Aberdeen)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities


  • Mitochondria
  • Calcium
  • Neurodegeneration
  • Vascular smooth muscle
  • Fluorescence microscopy


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