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Gabi Kaminski Schierle appointed as Lecturer in Molecular Biotechnology

last modified Jun 29, 2015 06:08 PM
Gabi Kaminski Schierle, who heads biological research activities in the Laser Analytics Group, has been appointed as Lecturer in Molecular Biotechnology at this department - many congratulations!

Gabi heads molecular biology activities in the group and a team of currently 11 people.  She has build up a comprehensive research portfolio in the neurosciences, and applies a whole range of  biophysical techniques in her research to unravel molecular mechanisms of neurodegeneration during Alzheimer's and Parkinson's Diseases. She started her career with a degree in Biology at the Université de Fribourg, Switzerland, before embarking on a PhD in medical research at the Wallenberg Neuroscience Centre, at the University of Lund, in Sweden.

In Sweden, Gabi developed a new method to improve the survival rate of dopaminergic neurones transplanted into patients suffering from Parkinson's disease, which was at the time  used as  a successful clinical therapy for symptomatic relief from motor  disorders.  This research won her several international prizes, including a Science Parkinson's Disease Foundation science award. 

She came to Cambridge as Marie Curie Fellow, and gained a Wellcome Trust early career award to begin research into strategies for molecular therapies against Parkinson's and Alzheimer's, the focus of her current research.  She introduced the use of  high resolution imaging methods into the  field and pioneered the use of high resolution microscopy to probe protein misfolding reactions.

Gabi acts as a role model in combining family life with an active scientific career.   We are delighted at this recognition of her excellence in research and look forward to many exciting future discoveries!