I recently completed my undergraduate degree in BSc Biomedical Science at the University of Kent. During my studies, it became more apparent that many of the ailments that have the greatest mortality rates in the west are age-related. This has led to my research interests focusing on the field of biogerontology, with my career aspirations being to research how conditions that underly ageing contribute to chronic diseases, as well as developing therapeutics to treat or prevent those diseases.
The title of my DMT-funded research training fellowship is ‘Determining the non-canonical functions of telomerase involved in modulating macrophage biology and their potential implications for tissue ageing’. The project will be supervised by Dr Catarina Henriques and Professor Ilaria Bellantuono, both based at the University of Sheffield. Our research will involve a combination of genetic tools and therapeutics to investigate potential targets that may, in the future, lead to therapeutics aimed at the prevention or treatment of inflammaging in humans.