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Dr David Parfitt
UCL Institute of Opthalmology
11-43 Bath Street
  • Research fellow
  • Institute of Ophthalmology
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences

David Parfitt joined UCL in 2011 and is a research associate working on the cell biology of retinal and neurodegeneration in the laboratory of Professor Michael Cheetham at UCL Institute of Ophthalmology. David undertook his PhD studies on molecular chaperone cell biology in neurodegeneration in the laboratory of Professor Paul Chapple at Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London and was awarded his PhD in 2011. David received his undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of York in 2005.

Research Summary

Cell Biology - Neurodegeneration - Proteostasis - Disease modelling - 3D organoids
Induced pluripotent stem cells - Animal models of disease - Inherited retinal degenerations - Molecular genetics - Cell differentiation
Cellular imaging - Unfolded protein response - Molecular chaperones - Pharmacological manipulation - Antisense oligonucleotides
Mitochondria dynamics - Cilia dynamics - Protein-protein interactions - Photoreceptor biology
Teaching Summary

Currently David contributes the lecture "Syndromic Retinal Dystrophies" to the Genetics and Epidemiology of Ocular Diease module of Biology of Vision MSc course at UCL Instute of Ophthalmology

Academic Background
2011 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Cell Biology Barts and The London Queen Mary's School of Medicine and Dentistry
2005 BSc Hons Bachelor of Science – Biology University of York
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