Professor Frances Edwards
Australian National University
Max Plank Institute for Biophysical Chemistry
PhD, Neurophysiology | 1990
University of Sydney
MSc, Pharmacology | 1984
University of Sydney
BSc Hons, Pharmacology | 1980
Frances Edwards graduated in Pharmacology at the University of Sydney, Australia and received her PhD whilst working at the Max-Planck Institute in Germany under the Nobel Prize winner, Prof. Bert Sakmann. After staying on as a postdoctoral fellow in Sakmann's lab, in 1990 she joined David Colquhoun’s group in Pharmacology at UCL as a Wellcome European Fellow. After returning to Australia in 1992 Frances held a Queen Elizabeth II Research Fellowship at the University of Sydney from 1993 until 1996. In 1996 she joined the Department of Physiology at UCL. Until 2010 the focus of the Edwards lab was mechanisms of fast synaptic transmission and the role of dendritic spines in plasticity using electrophysiology and confocal imaging. In 2010 the research direction largely shifted to research on Alzheimer's disease, studying several transgenic mouse models of human mutations in the amyloid pathway or microtubule-associated protein tau. Recently improved knock-in models have been developed and these are now the focus of the lab.
In 1997, Frances Edwards and Maria Fitzgerald set up the MSc Neuroscience at UCL which Edwards then ran with a series of other colleagues until 2013. This is a highly academic research-based degree exposing about 40 students per year to the most recent neuroscience research from across the whole of UCL in the form of research seminars, journal clubs and an extensive research project. Now relieved of this major administrative and teaching load, Frances Edwards continues to contribute to the undergraduate, Masters and PhD courses in Neuroscience, particularly concentrating on the the practical lab experience and library research of undergraduate and graduate students.
Interests Beyond UCL:
Frances Edwards has always been actively interested in issues of the natural environment and now works from home much of the time dividing her time between the Essex coast on the River Crouch and the west coast of Ireland where she and her husband grow trees and are proud to be protecting an old forest on their land on the River Roughty in co. Kerry. They also enjoy sailing on the Irish coast. Other interests include making pottery and in recent years wood turning.
Dr. Damian Cummings
I use single cell and field electrophysiology complemented with fluorescent immunohistochemistry, confocal imaging and behavioural approaches to understand the interactions of neurones and microglia to the development of early Alzheimer's disease pathologies. I am also involved with teaching in both the lab and classroom environments.
Dr. Takshashila Tripathi
I am molecular biologist postdoc working on a Cure-Alzheimer's funded research project studying the genome-wide transcriptomic analysis in the latest APPKI mice model with and without heterozygous human Tau (KI) from 2 to 24 months. We correlate changes in gene expression and development of pathology and also investigate the differences caused by the presence of human Tau investigating development of plaques and the interaction with human Tau, to assess Aβ-induced Tau pathology.
One of my roles is supervising students in the lab.
Throughout my masters and research assistant roles at the Edwards Lab, I focused on using techniques of molecular biology to characterise the microglial response to rising amyloid pathology in APP knock-in mice. Now as a 2nd year PhD student, I use techniques of neurochemistry and molecular biology to assess the interaction of microglia and Alzheimer’s risk genes with varying plaque composition and age. I work in collaboration with Dr Jörg Hanrieder's Neurochemistry group at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
1st year PhD student. Research: Studying the role of astrocytes in mouse models of Alzheimer’s disease. A great deal of work has concentrated on the role of microglia in relation to plaque deposition and development and synaptic transmission, but little is understood about how these changes affect astrocytes. We hypothesis that astrocytes may play an important role in compensating for microglial dysfunction as plaques develop. The role of astrocytes will be studied in the most advanced mouse models of Alzheimer’s disease, combining rising amyloid beta with other known human risk factors for the disease: age, microglial mutations and obesity, using gene expression analysis, immunohistochemistry, molecular techniques and electrophysiology.
I’m a recent BSc Biomedical Sciences graduate from UCL and am working as a research assistant in the lab. I’m currently involved in a project which aims to evaluate how Aβ-induced changes in gene expression and pathological development will be exacerbated when additional risk factors, either genetic (Trem2) or environmental (obesity), are added to APP knock-in mice.
I am a Neuroscience MSc student at UCL currently working as a technician in the lab. My role primarily involves organising the mice used in the research and providing support to current lab members. I will be starting my research project in the Edwards' lab next year.
I am a recent Neuroscience MSc graduate, now working in the Edwards' lab as a research assistant. My research project uses my previous experience in bioinformatics to analyse novel spatial transcriptomics data in knock-in mice models of Alzheimer's disease. Results from this analysis will guide future wet-lab validation experiments.
I’m an Msc Neuroscience student at UCL and I’m conducting a research project in the lab this year. In a mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease, I’ll be investigating changes in neuronal gene expression around Aβ plaques and how those expression changes relate to dendritic spine pathology.
Philip is a part-time MSc neuroscience student and also lectures at a business school. He has a first degree in electrical and electronic engineering from Bristol University, an MBA from City University Business School (now Bayes Business School) and a PGCE from the UCL Institute of Education specialising in physics with mathematics. Philip’s objective at the Edwards' Lab is to gain a good lab-based background in neuroscience before starting project work in 2023.
I’m a 4th year MSci Pharmacology student at UCL and I have joined Edward’s lab this year to conduct research for my Master’s laboratory project. My main aim will be to look at the differences in spine density and morphology between naive wildtype and Alzheimer APP knock-in mice, as well as after chemically inducing LTP in their hippocampi.
Prishaa Kaur Bhurrji
I am a third-year BSc Biomedical Sciences Student at UCL. I am currently working on my research project in the Edwards lab. My project focuses on investigating mechanisms of LTD in 18-month-old wild type and NLF mice by using field potential recordings.
I am a visiting scientist at the Edwards Lab. I will be working on a project investigating the protective effects of the saprophytic Mycobacterium indicus pranii on the brain of AD mouse models. This is due the mycobacteriums immunomodulatory and antitubercular properties. The project is funded by SERB, Government of India. I am a faculty member of the Department of Microbiology, Central University of Rajasthan, India. Here, I am involved with teaching in both the lab and classroom in India.
Dr. Jörg Hanrieder - Associate Professor in the Dept. Psychiatry and Neurochemistry, Sahlgrenska Academy at Gothenburg University
Prof. John Hardy - Chair of the Molecular Biology of Neurological Disease, UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology, UCL
Dr Jeffrey N Savas - Assistant Professor of Neurology (Behavioral Neurology), Medicine (Nephrology and Hypertension) and Pharmacology, Norwestern University
Dr. John G Hardy - Senior Lecturer in Materials Chemistry, Department of Chemistry & Materials Science Institute, Lancaster University
Prof. Tammaryn Lashley - Professor of Neuroscience, UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology, UCL
Dr. Dervis Salih - Senior Research Associate, UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology, UCL
Dr Sevinc Bayram - Bioinformatician, Hitatchi Rail Europe Ltd
Professor Lion Shahab - Institute of Epidemiology and Health, UCL
Dr Dervis Salih
Dr Sue Robertson
Dr Hemai Parthasarathy
Dr Roberta Donato
Dr Anna De Simoni
Dr Dietlind Koch
Dr Marina Yasvoina
Dr Lily Yu
Dr Katie Stringer
Dr Karina Vitanova
Dr Diana Pamela Benitez
Dr Wenfei Liu
Dr Tiffany Benway
Dr Zelah Joel
Dr Peter Haslehurst
Dr Joshua Paulin
Dr Caroline Mestrallet
Dr Isabel Dean
Dr Stephanie Parsley
Dr Gareth Price
Ms Rivka Steinberg
Dr Angelo Tedoldi
Masters Students - MSc
Pablo Izquierdo Garrudo
Monica Maria Fernandes Freitas
Patricia Pascual Vargas
Evans Ohenhen Asowata
Shabinah Sahar Ali
Integrated Masters Students - Msci
Masters Students - MPhil
Masters Students - MRes