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Miss Naomi Thorne MNeuro

Postgraduate research student

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Miss Naomi Thorne is a postgraduate research student within Biological Sciences, University of Southampton.

Naomi graduated with First Class Honours from her Integrated Masters in Neuroscience degree at Cardiff University in 2019. She is currently working on investigating mitochondrial-derived vesicles and their relationship to Parkinson’s disease pathology.

2015-2019: Integrated Masters in Neuroscience (MNeuro). Cardiff University, UK.

2020-present: PhD Studentship. University of Southampton, UK.

Research interests

My primary area of interest is neurodegenerative disease. During my Masters project with the Brain Repair Group at Cardiff University, I focused on investigating human primary cell culture for cell replacement therapy as a potential treatment method for Huntington’s disease patients. The group were involved in clinical trials of this method, and I was working on optimising the cell culture method prior to transplantation.

I am applying my knowledge of cell culture to my current PhD research which has application to another neurodegenerative disease; Parkinson’s disease. It focuses on mitochondrial-derived vesicles which are one method of mitochondrial quality control. Previous research has connected this method to genes such as PINK1 and Parkin that are linked with Parkinson’s disease, so my project hopes to uncover more information about mitochondrial-derived vesicles and the proteins they interact with to provide insight into the pathology of the disease.

Research project: Investigating mitochondrial-derived vesicles and their relationship to Parkinson’s disease pathology


Dr David Tumbarello
Professor Roxana Carare

Funding Agency: The Gerald Kerkut Charitable Trust

Research group

Molecular and Cellular Biosciences

Research project(s)

Investigating mitochondrial-derived vesicles and their relationship to Parkinson's disease pathology

Miss Naomi Thorne
School of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Environmental and Life Sciences
Life Sciences Building 85
University of Southampton
Highfield Campus
SO17 1BJ

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