Principal Investigator: Gayle Doherty
Gayle Doherty graduated with a B.Sc. in Developmental Biology from the University of Glasgow followed by a PhD in Neuroscience at the University of St Andrews. She returned to St Andrews in 2004 to hold two independent research fellowships (sponsored by Research into Ageing and the Alzheimer’s Society) prior to being appointed as Lecturer in Neuroscience in 2013.
Postdoctoral research assistant
Emily Messer graduated from The University of Dundee with a BSc Hons in Biology and then went on to do a PhD at the University of St Andrews in Psychology and Neuroscience. Since finishing her PhD in 2014 she has done postdocs at The University of St Andrews and Heriot-Watt University. Emily is a primatologist with interests in social behaviour and learning and a keen science communicator. Emily joins us on our Wellcome ISSF funded project aiming to bring Psychology & Neuroscience into schools and help us engage young people with the important findings from our research.
Mizuki Morisaki graduated with a B.Sc. in Neuroscience from the University of St Andrews before joining the group for her PhD studies.She is interested in examining how chronic stress affects brain ageing, focusing on biochemical and cognitive aspects of the brain in different animal models.
Ying Cheng graduated with an M.Sc. in Neurology from Southeast University in China before joining us for her PhD study. Ying is interested in exploring an important link between leptin and the mitochondrion in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease.
Alison Holiday graduated with a B.Sc.in Neuroscience from the University of St Andrews before joining the group for her PhD studies. Alison is investigating the therapeutic potential of hormone-based drugs in the fight against neurodegeneration and is also studying the role of these hormones in normal ageing.
Lisa Strother graduated with a B.Sc. in Neuroscience from the University of Dundee before joining the group for her PhD. Lisa is interested in explaining why homocysteine is a risk factor for neurodegeneration and has focused her studies on metabolites of this compound.
Undergraduate project students
Alice Borsatti is investing the potential for a novel class of pharmaceutical reagents to aid in the fight against neuroblastoma.
Stephen Duncan is investigating novel compounds that could potentially enhance memory performance in collaboration with Dr James Ainge.
Sydney Kuller and Emma Ritson have joined us to embark on a collaborative project with Professor Keith Sillar’s lab to investigate teratogenesis in Xenopus laevis larvae.
Shannon O’Brien is interested in the molecular underpinnings of neurodegeneration and ageing.