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Dr Catalina Romila
Institute of Healthy Ageing, Darwin Building
UCL Department of Genetic Evolution & Environment
Gower Street
  • Research Fellow
  • Genetics, Evolution & Environment
  • Div of Biosciences
  • Faculty of Life Sciences

I graduated with a 1st class bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). During my time as an undergraduate I was awarded with a Royal Society scholarship where under the supervision of Dr Maxie Roessler I was synthesising and characterising Cu(I) Rotaxane using EPR and Electrochemical methods. As I graduated, I was also awarded the Whittingham prize for outstanding academic achievement.


I then went on to do my PhD at UCL in Prof Jürg Bähler’s lab where I was interested in investigating the genetic factors underlying cellular ageing in fission yeast (S. pombe) to determine the genetic landscape associated with improved lifespan and healthy ageing. Upon graduating I continued staying at UCL where I joined Dr Kerri Kinghorn's lab as a Research Associate where I focus on delineating the link between lysosomal storage disorders (LSDs) and PD. 

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In my current role as a Research Fellow in Kerri Kinghorn’s lab I'm interested in studying the pathogenic mechanisms linking endolysosomal gene mutations to Parkinson's disease (PD). This is done using Drosophila and human neuronal models to develop new therapeutic targets in PD, thus a point of intervention to protect against the diseases of old age. This is done in conjunction with large data analysis, in particular RNA-sequencing analysis which we compliment with molecular work.


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While being at UCL I became a Teaching Assistant where I was teaching mainly undergraduate students in both the lab and computational spaces. I also was conducting student seminars and marking students' work. As a result of my diverse teaching experience I was awarded The Associate Fellowship from the The Higher Education Academy.

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