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Dr Christina Toomey
Queen Square Brain Bank
1 Wakefield Street
Tel: +44 20 7679 4024
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  • Research Associate
  • Clinical and Movement Neurosciences
  • UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences
Christina obtained a BSc in Biomedical Science at the University of Southampton. From here she became a research technician at Queen Square Brain Bank for Neurological Disorders for 4 years investigating the earliest features of Parkinson's disease. Under the supervision of Prof Tammaryn Lashley she then went on to complete a PhD investigating the role of TREM2 in neurodegeneration. After obtaining her PhD Christina has had multiple post-doctoral research associate positions working with a wide range of different research groups. Her first post-doc was working with Prof Henrik Zetterberg and his team at the UK Dementia Research Institute and University of Gothenburg to investigate potential biomarkers for neurodegenerative disorders. Secondly, at Queen Square Brain Bank Christina undertook a post-doc in collaboration with Prof Steffany Bennett at the University of Ottawa investigating lipid alterations in Parkinson's disease. At present Christina is part of a collaborative large scale grant between UCL, The Francis Crick Institute and University of Cambridge under Prof Sonia Gandhi working to map the Parkinson's disease brain using oligomer driven functional genomics. Christina is now looking to work towards her own independence and is open to consultancy requests. 
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Throughout Christina's research career she has focussed on trying to understand the pathological mechanisms of multiple neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer's disease, Frontotemporal dementias and Parkinson's disease. She has specialised in pairing pathological analysis of post mortem brain tissue with proteomic and lipidomic data. Most currently, Christina is working towards understanding multiple spatial transcriptomic and spatial proteomic platforms and how these can be utilised to aid understanding of disease pathogenesis. She has a keen interest in determining the similarities and differences between the neurodegenerative conditions so that they can be better classified. 

Teaching Summary

Christina is involved with teaching and supervising many students in the laboratory and is somebody that members of the team feel comfortable to come to when they need help with a problem. Her abilities have been recognised with BSc, MSc and PhD students being put under her supervision at a relatively junior stage. She is subsidiary PhD supervisor to two students and on another's PhD thesis committee. Additionally she has had multiple Nuffield research placement and undergraduate summer placement students. She is actively involved in teaching on multiple MSc courses, providing lectures for MSc Advanced Neuroimaging, MSc Clinical Neuroscience, MSc Neuroscience, Neurodegeneration and repair and facilitates journal clubs and is a personal tutor for MSc Dementia. She has recently obtained Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.           

JAN-2021 Post-doctoral Research Fellow Clinical and Movement Neuroscience UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology, United Kingdom
FEB-2019 – DEC-2020 Post-doctoral Research Fellow Neurodegenerative Diseases UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology, United Kingdom
FEB-2018 – FEB-2019 Post-doctoral Research Associate UCL UK Dementia Research Institute, United Kingdom
NOV-2017 – JAN-2018 Research Technician Molecular Neuroscience UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology, United Kingdom
NOV-2014 – NOV-2017 Lab technician (part time) Molecular Neuroscience UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology, United Kingdom
10-NOV-2010 – NOV-2014 Research Assistant Molecular Neuroscience UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2010   Bachelor of Science (Honours) University of Southampton
  PhD Neuroscience  
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