Due to the growth of the SDRC in 2019, the committee co-opted Sophie to the Executive to support our activity. We are now pleased to announce she has been elected officially as an Executive Committee member. Find out more in Sophie’s biography below.

I am a newly appointed senior lecturer based at the University of Glasgow. My group works within the Centre for Translational Pharmacology, and currently consists of 5 PhD students. Our research is focused on determining the impact of pharmacologically targeting members of the G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) superfamily in neurodegenerative diseases. In 2021, I was awarded the Alzheimer’s Research UK David Hague Early Career Investigator of the year award for my work in this area.

I obtained my PhD in 2011 from the University of Leicester under the supervision of Prof. John Challiss, and subsequently spent 4 years at the MRC Toxicology Unit in Prof. Andrew Tobin’s group as a postdoctoral researcher. I relocated to Glasgow in 2016 to undertake a Lord Kelvin Adam Smith independent fellowship to establish my own laboratory. During this time, I have attracted significant external funding, developed collaborations with industry and received speaker invites to several international, cross-disciplinary conferences.

I am involved in several Early Career Researcher (ECR) initiatives within our institute, the Athena Swan Committee and have recently taken over as “Impact Champion”. Outside of the University of Glasgow, I am a member of the British Pharmacological Society and currently sit on their finance committee as an ECR representative. Furthermore, I have been involved in several outreach projects, including the “Cell Block Science” programme aimed at improving STEM learning in prisons.

I joined the SDRC in 2017, following my relocation to the University of Glasgow, and in 2020 I was co-opted to the SDRC executive committee. I have played a significant role in developing the ECR resource programme, including the mentorship scheme which launched in Summer 2020. I helped to develop the COVID-19 impact survey and recently organised a workshop for ECR members alongside other members of the SDRC executive committee. I am very passionate about supporting the career development of ECRs and would like to further develop the ECR network and initiatives that the SDRC currently offers.

 We would like to congratulate Sophie, and we look forward to working with you!

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