PhD Researcher, Health Sciences
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Science
I am a first year PhD student in the SPACE (Supportive Environments for Social and Physical Activity, Healthy Ageing & Cognitive Health) research team which aims to encourage healthy ageing and healthy brain ageing in our population. My project specifically investigates urban environmental consequences on cognitive impairment and dementia through epigenetic mechanisms. I am aiming to identifying biological mechanisms by which environment factors such as air, soil, water, noise and light pollution contribute to cognitive impairment risk. Conversely, I want to identify resilience mechanisms by which environment features such as green and blue space are protective of cognitive impairment. The ultimate aim of this research is to provide biological evidence which can be translated into policy and therapeutic strategy including for example strategies to reduce the circulation of particulate matter in our air through active transport development.