PhD Student, UCL

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Follow what you enjoy and you will be able to find your unique speciality.

Rachel Coneys

What do you do?

I research the molecular mechanisms underlying Neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's Disease. I am currently researching a protective modifier which may help reduce the build up of toxic proteins in a genetic form of ALS, caused by a mutation in the C9orf72 gene.

Why did you choose this field?

During my second year of my undergraduate degree, I lucky enough to receive funding from The Alzheimer's UK Society to carry out real scientific research for two months. This made me realise how much I loved investigating novel mechanisms and found it really rewarding when experiments helped connect the dots in your research.

What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?

Being accepted into my dream PhD programme at UCL.

Why do you love working in STEM?

I love knowing our work is so important and has potential to impact so many lives. Working with everyone else in the lab is great, every is so much fun and we all work together to answer questions to push our research forward.

Best advice for next generation?

Follow what you enjoy and you will be able to find your unique speciality within the lab. You will never get bored or sick of work if you are doing what you find fascinating!

Inspo quote / fun fact / role model

“I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn.” - Maya Angelou

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