We are interested in discovering how mRNA localisation at the neuromuscular junction (NMJ) influences the growth of new neurons and how it effects how those neurons develop. We also aim to understand how the activity level of neurons changes how they grow and develop. This research area has potential to increase our understanding of processes such as memory and learning
DeepSim Super-resolution microscope
In collaboration with the Micron advanced imaging unit, we are working on developing a cutting-edge bespoke structural illumination microscope to enhance our capabilities of working on fly neuromuscular junctions.
This project aims to develop a low-cost open microscopy platform. The system being developed uses a low-cost microprocessor, the Raspberry Pi, to interface with hardware and provide a user-friendly microscope interface. The project is developed with a strong focus on designing the microscope as a learning tool. To this end, the microscope will be low-cost, robust, and include many elements that can be fabricated using a 3d printer.
Dorso-ventral patterning in the Drosophila oocyte
We use advanced microscopy techniques, coupled with a range of genetic and biochemical techniques to try to understand how RNA localisation impacts on early patterning and development in Drosophila embryos and ooctyes.
Full list of publications on Pubmed
Control of neurogenesis in the Drosophila larval brain
In this project we are working on understanding what mechanism determines control of neurogenesis from the stem cells found in the brains of fly larvae.
Screening for novel localising RNAs in the larval brain and NMJ
A wide-ranging screen to identify and characterise RNA that localise in the Drosophila nervous system.
Alongside my own research lab, I am also the Director of Micron, a collaborative, multidisciplinary bioimaging unit. Micron works with biomedical researchers across Oxford and beyond to apply advanced cellular imaging techniques to address key biological questions. More details can be found on the Micron website.
Role of RNA-binding proteins in neural stem cell differentiation
Utilising a combination of sequencing-based techniques and bioinformatics we aim to better understand how RNA-binding proteins are involved in determining what cell types develop from stem cells in the Drosophila larval brain.