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Dr Aaron Bradshaw
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  • Research Fellow
  • Clinical and Movement Neurosciences
  • UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences

I graduated from the University of Leeds with a BSc in Pharmacology (with industrial experience) in 2014, and from UCL with a PhD in Cellular Neuroscience in 2018.

I received a Graduate Certificate in Psychosocial Studies from Birkbeck College in 2019.

My formal education and research activities began with a keen focus on the biological sciences. After developing expertise in the theoretical and practical aspects of cellular and molecular biology, my interests have developed to include analysis of the ethical, social and political implications of contemporary technoscientific knowledge and practice. For example, I have written about the recent discovery of Ideonella Sakaiensis, a bacterial species that can degrade plastic, and about the socio-environmental implications of endocrine disrupting chemicals released during mining in the Albertan tar sands.
In my recent work I have been researching the history of multiple chemical sensitivity from a materialist - historical perspective, including an analysis of its physiological mechanisms and how they are represented in scientific discourse. This research is taking me into study of the philosophy and history of biology, science and technology studies, and sociology and is complemented by my formal study of psychoanalysis and sociology at Birkbeck College. 

Research Summary

My current research focuses on the molecular mechanisms underlying neurodegnerative disease, specifically the Tauopathies, using cell and molecular biological techniques. My PhD was concerned with analysing the release of Tau protein from neurons. I have recently began modelling the proteostasis of Tau, with a view to understanding what affects the degradation, aggregation and release of Tau from neurons, and how this may relate to disease contexts. 

Beyond this, I am interested in how humans and microorganisms sense and understand one another. My research into human-microbe relations combines multi- and interdisciplinary perspectives across the natural and social sciences to investigate different themes emerging in contemporary microbiological study. Specifically, I am interested in environmental microorganisms that are able to degrade toxic compounds in ecosystems, and how these organisms are apprehended and mobilised in scientific discourse and practice. My interest in these themes attempts to go beyond critique in the narrow sense, however, I am working to develop practical and situated responses to microbial agency as it emerges in native contexts; for instance I am currently attempting to 'engage' with microorganisms that are able to degrade plastic using a combination of experimental molecular/microbiology, multi-species ethnography, more-than-human participation, eco-semiotics and science and technology studies approaches. 

Teaching Summary

I have taught second year undergraduate students on the fundamentals of neuropharmacology. I have also marked exam scripts and third undergraduate research projects.

I have supervised BSc and MSc students in the lab, contributing technical and intellectual expertise for the completion of their projects. 

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