B.Sc. (Hons), M.Sc. D.Phil. (Oxon)
Associate Professor and Alzheimer's Society Research Fellow
- Head, Heart and Brain Group
- Chair, WIN Mosaic Network
- Chair, WIN Patient and Public Involvement Group
- Member, Department Athena SWAN Board
- Member, WIN's Equality and Diversity Board
Research Profile: I am an Alzheimer's Society Research Fellow working jointly between the Department of Psychiatry and the Wellcome Centre for Integrative Neuroimaging (WIN). I am the Principal Investigator of the Heart and Brain Research Group. My group's research combines multi-modal neuroimaging to study risk and resilience for cognitive decline in ageing. We use structural, diffusion, perfusion, and functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to investigate how the brain's vascular health varies with age, with a specific focus on how it may be affected by genetic and cardiovascular risk for dementia. I hold grants from the Alzheimer's Society, Academy of Medical Sciences, and Alzheimer's Research UK. I am on the Editorial Board for the journal Ageing Brain.
Education: I completed my undergraduate degree at the National University of Singapore (BSc Hons First Class) and MSc in Neuroscience (Distinction) at the University of Oxford. I received a Clarendon Scholarship at Keble College, Oxford and obtained my DPhil in Psychiatry in 2016. My doctoral research in the Translational Neuroimaging Group revealed early impairments in the brain's vascular health in young adults at a genetic risk for developing Alzheimer's disease.
Public Outreach: I am a keen science communicator and have written articles for The Conversation UK and the University of Oxford Blog. I have won several awards for scientific outreach, and have informed UK's science and ageing policy in Parliament on multiple occasions (Lord's Inquiry, Voices of the Future, STEM for Britain). I currently lead the WIN's Patient and Public Involvement Strategy.
Equality and Diversity: I am passionate about equality and diversity in STEM and regularly present public lectures and blogs about my experiences. I sit on the Departmental Athena SWAN Board and the WIN's Equality Diversity Inclusivity Board. In 2020, I founded Mosaic, the WIN's network for promoting and supporting racial and ethnic diversity in academia.
Sex- and age-specific associations between cardiometabolic risk and white matter brain age in the UK Biobank cohort
Subramaniapillai S. et al, (2022), Human Brain Mapping
Patel R. et al, (2022), Neuroimage
Vidal-Pineiro D. et al, (2021), Elife, 10
Jansen MG. et al, (2021), J Cereb Blood Flow Metab
Walhovd KB. et al, (2021), Cerebral Cortex