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Biological Sciences

Dr Ksenia Kurbatskaya PhD

Research Fellow in Neurodegeneration

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Dr Ksenia Kurbatskaya joined Biological Sciences at the University of Southampton in November 2016 as a Research Fellow in Neurodegeneration. Dr Kurbatskaya primarily focuses on Alzheimer’s disease neuroscience research and is involved in the development of ex vivo and in vitro human models of neurodegenerative disease.

Career history

2015-2016: Scientific Editor. Oxbridge Proofreading, UK.

Academic qualifications

2012-2015: PhD Neuroscience. King’s College London, UK.
2008-2012: BSc (Hons) Pharmacology. University of Glasgow, UK.






Research interests

My role as researcher is to investigate mechanisms of Alzheimer’s disease in human brain cells, used here as a research model that enables direct translation of findings to clinical studies and drug development. In particular, I will investigate how the protein calpain contributes to synaptic damage, which is observed in the early stages of Alzheimer’s and causes memory loss in patients. Calpain is activated upon abnormal changes in neural calcium levels and may further exacerbate these calcium changes and trigger other pathological mechanisms to result in impairment of synapses in Alzheimer’s. By studying calpain in live human brain cells and testing the protective properties of clinically-relevant calpain-blocking agents, I aim to confirm calpain as an effective potential therapeutic target for Alzheimer’s drug trials.

Research group

Molecular and Cellular Biosciences

Affiliate research group

Institute for Life Sciences (IfLS)


Rosetrees Trust-funded pilot grant holder
Scientific editor for University
MSc/PhD supervision

We are collaborating with the company AbbVie for the Fellow’s project.

Dr Ksenia Kurbatskaya
Biological Sciences
Faculty of Natural & Environmental Sciences
Life Sciences Building 85
University of Southampton
Highfield Campus
SO17 1BJ

Room Number:85/4041

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