Dr Alex Whitworth
MRC Programme Leader
Dr Alex Whitworth is pleased to consider applications from prospective PhD students.
MRC Mitochondrial Biology Unit
http://www.mrc-mbu.cam.ac.uk/people/... (personal home page)
My lab is interested in understanding the mechanisms of mitochondrial homeostasis in relation to neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's disease and motor neuron disease. We use a combination of the powerful genetic techniques of Drosophila and molecular, cell biology and biochemical approaches in mammalian cells. Insights into these mechanisms will deliver a greater understanding of the role of mitochondrial maintenance in the health and dysfunction of the nervous system in a physiological context and will help guide therapeutic development to combat neurodegenerative diseases.
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