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Fraje Watson

Fraje Watson

UCL Coordinator

I’m a PhD student investigating the use of wearable technologies as a new outcome measure for patients with spinal deformity. Outside my PhD I volunteer for StreetVet and enjoy walking and running with my dog, cycling and baking.

Nathalie Schmidt

Nathalie Schmidt

UCL Coordinator

I’m a final year PhD student working on how we can help our immune system in the fight against cancer and viruses. If I’m not in the lab you can find me volunteering at London Zoo, having heated discussions with my book club or baking sourdough bread.

Tabitha Jones

Tabitha Jones

Atoms to Galaxies Team Officer

I’m a PhD student in the Chemistry department investigating new nanomaterials for biomedical sensing. Outside my PhD I enjoy cooking, cycling and eating Italian food.

Paige Mumford

Paige Mumford

Our Body Team Officer

I’m a PhD student at the Dementia Research Institute, studying neuroinflammation in Alzheimer’s disease in people with Down syndrome. Outside the lab, I’m usually found reading a book, watching the latest film in the cinema, or trying a new cuisine!

Marie-Belle El Mdawar

Marie-Belle El Mdawar

Our Body Team Officer

I am a Postdoctoral Research Associate at “Lungs for Living” group. My research is mainly focused on studying the mechanisms of lung regeneration. Outside the lab, I enjoy baking, walking in nature, and taking photos. I also did a lot of painting by numbers canvases over the lockdown!

Jessica Ng

Jessica Ng

Our Body Team Officer

I’m a PhD student studying how cells enter the state of suspended animation, where activity and energy are kept low. I’m particularly interested in the response of the cytoskeleton. Outside of my project, I enjoy good food, reading and music.

Sarah Vickers

Sarah Vickers

Our Society Team Officer

I am an MRC funded PhD student studying alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency using Mass Spectrometry. I am passionate about communicating our latest discoveries at UCL to the wider public. Outside of science, I love cooking, cycling and coffee.

Yifei Hu

Yifei Hu

Our Society Team Officer

I am a master student studying Language Sciences at UCL. My academic interests include any psycholinguistic-related topics, particularly in language comprehension - to study how people understand lexical and syntactic ambiguity. In my spare time, I like to do indoor exercises, practicing clarinet an...

Valentina Zantedeschi

Valentina Zantedeschi

Planet Earth Team Officer

I am a postdoctoral researcher in fundamental machine learning working on structure learning within neural networks and generalisation guarantees. My other passions are listening and composing music, scuba diving and cooking (and eating).

Maria-Elisabeta Hontaru

Maria-Elisabeta Hontaru

Planet Earth Team Officer

I am a second year Psychology student, currently studying the influence of mask-wearing on the visual perception of attractiveness. I am also a member of an ONG that aims to help people of all ages learn basic English using interactive learning and customised learning activities.

Thomas Niederhoffer

Thomas Niederhoffer

Tech Me Out Team Officer

I’m a PhD student in biomedical engineering, studying the electrochemical safety of active neural implants, which are used for example to treat Parkinson’s disease or to control bionic prostheses. In my free time I like playing all kinds of sports (especially football), cooking and electronic music.

Zeena Shawa

Zeena Shawa

Tech Me Out Team Officer

I am doing a PhD in Medical Imaging and specifically, my research is looking at disease progression modeling of Parkinson's using machine learning. In my free time I enjoy lifting weights, playing video games, and drawing.

Premkamon Chaipanichkul (Bow)

Premkamon Chaipanichkul (Bow)

Tech Me Out Team Officer

I’m a PhD student in Medical Physics. My research focuses on the use of nanoparticles to increase the effectiveness of cancer treatment. In my free time, I enjoy playing badminton and tennis. I’m really into a K-pop band named ASTRO :)

Olga Drygala

Olga Drygala

Web Manager and Tech Me Out Team Officer

I'm a first-year undergraduate Data Science student with an interdisciplinary approach towards knowledge. Outside my studies, I engage with different clubs and societies that let me nurture my passions including sports, music, and languages.

Mihaela Dimova

Mihaela Dimova

Web Manager

I am a first-year Psychology student with a passion for music and language processing. If I am not reading or writing lab reports, you can find me playing board games, playing music, or checking out new recipes.

Lucy Bell

Lucy Bell

Our Body Team Officer

I’m an infectious diseases doctor & postdoc. My research aims to figure out what our immune system gets right & wrong when it tackles tuberculosis infection. Outside of science, I love reading, running & ineptly cultivating chillies and houseplants.

Lucy Russell

Lucy Russell

Beautiful Mind Team Officer

I’m a post-doctoral researcher investigating the clinical and cognitive profiles of individuals with familial Frontotemporal Dementia and helping to promote clinical trials in FTD. Outside the lab, you can find me playing netball, or out hiking.

Perlina Desai

Perlina Desai

Beautiful Mind Team Officer

I’m a PhD student at the Dementia Research Institute studying neuroinflammation in Alzheimer’s Disease. Outside of the lab, I enjoy volunteering at a local hospice, photography, and Thai boxing!

Gianna Bloye

Gianna Bloye

Web Manager

I’m a research assistant at the UCL Cancer Institute specialising in leukaemia genetics and I aim to understand how patients develop resistance to chemotherapy. In my free time I enjoy cycling, walking and playing board games with my friends.

Alizée Kastler

Alizée Kastler

Beautiful Mind Team Officer

I am a second year PhD student looking at pain and social circuits in zebrafish. I am interested in understanding how positive social interaction eases painful situations and modifies pain perception at the circuit level. Outside the lab I enjoy traveling, walking under the sun and crafting.

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Amy Richardson

Amy Richardson

Beautiful Mind Team Officer

I’m a postdoctoral researcher developing new gene therapies for epilepsy in Clinical and Experimental Epilepsy department at UCL. My PhD was in auditory neuroscience. When I’m not at work you’ll find me outside, enjoying the green spaces London has to offer.

Danica Pacis

Danica Pacis

Tech Me Out Team Officer

I am a 2nd year PhD student in Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering working on wavelength modulated near infrared spectroscopy. During my spare time, I enjoy listening to music and podcasts or traveling to new places.

Fiona Young

Fiona Young

Planet Earth Team Officer

I’m a medical imaging PhD student researching how to use a specific type of MRI during brain surgery! I’m also a big nerd and hobby gardener who loves good dogs, good food, and spends an undue amount of time crafting playlists and notion pages.

Helen Brown

Helen Brown

Beautiful Mind Team Officer

I’m a postdoc researcher studying metabolic changes underlying Diamond Blackfan anaemia. My background is in biochemistry and stem cell biology, and I enjoy engaging with anyone who will listen! Outside my research, I am a keen singer and baker.

Twitter: https://mobile.twitter.com/hb_872
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Catherine Turnbull

Catherine Turnbull

Our Body Team Officer

I am a second year PhD student studying tau within different subtypes of Alzheimer’s disease, upon the basis of prion disease. When I’m not in the lab, I enjoy walking, reading and baking cakes!

LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/in/catherine-turnbull-956349148

Eric Leung

Eric Leung

Tech Me Out Team Officer

I am a master’s student in Digital Anthropology. Outside of studying I would be playing board games, cooking or grappling with a new language.

Bailey Hewlett

Bailey Hewlett

Beautiful Mind Team Officer

I’m a first year PhD student at the LMCB, studying how membrane contact sites regulate lipid transport and synthesis maintaining cellular membranes in neurodegenerative diseases, like ALS. When I’m not in the lab, I love running, reading and playing the guitar.

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Dominika Vasilkova

Dominika Vasilkova

Planet Earth Team Officer

I’m a PhD student on the Muon g-2 experiment, which studies how particles called muons wobble in a magnetic field. When not cursing at components and code, I play tabletop RPGs, dabble in art, and ponder how to make dragons scientifically accurate.

Clare Lally

Clare Lally

Our Society Team Officer

I’m a post-doc investigating how spoken and written language is represented in the brain. Beyond my academic research, I work on projects that incorporate science policy and data science. I enjoy good coffee and really terrible sequels of films.

Twitter: https://mobile.twitter.com/Clare_Lally
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Clíona Farrell

Clíona Farrell

Planet Earth Team Officer

My name is Clíona, and I am a PhD student studying the cellular mechanisms of Alzheimer’s disease in people who have Down syndrome, with a focus on my favourite brain cell, the microglia. When not in the lab, you’ll find me rock climbing, hiking and trying the many restaurants London has to offer.

Dr Asta Medisauskaite

Dr Asta Medisauskaite

Beautiful Mind Team Officer

I am a Senior Research Fellow at UCL Medical School. As an occupational health psychologist, I am interested in the health and well-being of medical professionals. Spending my summers learning how to sail.

Becky Conybeare

Becky Conybeare

Atoms to Galaxies Team Officer

I’m a PhD student studying single atoms on the silicon surface for the manufacture of atomic scale electronic devices. I’ve volunteered for Pint of Science since I was an undergraduate, and in my spare time I enjoy knitting, reading and exploring London.

Aitana Sogorb-Esteve

Aitana Sogorb-Esteve

Beautiful Mind Team Officer

I am a Race Against Dementia fellow coordinating the fluid biomarker team of Prof. Jonathan Rohrer group at UCL. Our aim is to find of novel fluid biomarkers to assess cellular dysfunction in genetic FTD. I am looking for fluid biomarkers of synaptic dysfunction in genetic FTD and aiming to develop ...

Adriana Novakova

Adriana Novakova

Tech me Out Team Officer

I am a 2nd year student at UCL that studies Bioprocessing of New Medicines (Business and Management). After graduation, I would like to start working in the pharmaceutical industry because I am deeply interested in synthetic chemistry and medicines. In my free time I like to do sports such as golf a...

Lauren Woolley

Lauren Woolley

Our Body Team Officer

I’m a PhD student investigating the biology behind prion diseases using 3D microscopy. Outside of the lab I can be found with my nose in a book, baking or singing with ULCC. Lover of nice food, cute cafes and best friend to neighbourhood cats.

Dan Jacobson

Dan Jacobson

Tech Me Out

I'm a second-year PhD student researching DNA repair in breast cancer and how this can be used to identify drug targets. Outside of my studies, you can find me playing board games, or in the nearest coffee shop talking about rom-coms.

https://twitter.com/DanH_Jacobson

Roxana Toloza Chacón

Roxana Toloza Chacón

Beautiful Mind Team Officer

I am an MA student of Modern literature and culture with a cognitive stylistics background and a passion for making research accessible and fun within and beyond academia. When not reading for uni, I’m reading for fun on trains, queues, cafés, parks… or dancing.

Yiwen Zhao

Yiwen Zhao

Atoms to Galaxies Team Officer

I’m a first-year undergraduate studying statistics and I love exploring academic topics outside my main focus. I enjoy music and cooking as they always bring me great pleasure and sense of achievement.

Yidi Zhang

Yidi Zhang

Tech Me Out Team Officer

My name is Yidi, and I’m a neurology PhD student studying in developing advanced treatments for mitochondrial diseases. I enjoy travelling, cooking and music. And now I’m exploring different museums and exhibitions in London with friends in my leisure time.