Florence Young, Post-doctoral fellow
I graduated with a 4-year undergraduate Masters degree in Biochemistry (MBiochem) from the University of Oxford. During my undergraduate course, I secured a Wellcome Trust Summer Studentship with Jürg Bähler’s lab in UCL to investigate the role of lncRNAs in ageing in S. pombe. For my Part II research project I joined Ilan Davis’ lab in the Department of Biochemistry, Oxford. There, I used single molecule fluorescence in situ hybridisation and high-resolution microscopy to study cytoplasmic mRNA localisation in the Drosophila melanogaster larval brain. After graduating I remained in the Davis lab to investigate the regulation and function of mRNAs with long 3’UTR extensions in Drosophila neural stem cells. I started my PhD in Simon’s lab in 2017 and submitted my thesis in 2021. During this time I did a three-month parliamentary placement as part of the UKRI Policy Internship Scheme. I have a short term post-doctoral fellowship to extend my PhD research. My work involves combining in vitro and in vivo assays to shed light on links between C9orf72-associated neurodegenerative diseases and impairment of microtubule-related processes.
Email: fyoung ‘at’ mrc-lmb.cam.ac.uk