B.Sc. (Hons), M.Sc. D.Phil. (Oxon)
Alzheimer's Society Research Fellow
- Head, Heart and Brain Group
- Co-Chair, WIN BAME Network
- Co-Chair, Department Athena SWAN Career Development Group
- Chair, WIN Patient and Public Involvement Group
I am an Alzheimer's Society Research Fellow working jointly between the Department of Psychiatry and the Wellcome Centre for Integrative Neuroimaging (WIN). I head the Heart and Brain Research Group. My research combines multi-modal neuroimaging techniques to study risk and resilience for cognitive decline in ageing. I use structural, diffusion tensor, and functional magnetic resonance imaging to investigate how the brain's vascular health varies with age and cognitive status, with a specific focus on how it may be affected by genetic and cardiovascular risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease.
I completed my undergraduate degree at the National University of Singapore and MSc in Neuroscience at the University of Oxford. I received a Clarendon Scholarship at Keble College, Oxford and obtained my DPhil (Psychiatry) in 2016. My doctoral research in the Translational Neuroimaging Group revealed early impairments in the brain's vascular health in young adults at a genetic risk for developing Alzheimer's disease.
I am interested in science communication and have written articles for The Conversation UK, my own blog 'Neurobabble', and have discussed UK's science and ageing policy in Parliament at various events (STEM for Britain, Voices of the Future, Parliament Inquiry).
Individual variations in “Brain age” relate to early life factors more than to longitudinal brain change
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