Natalie Courtney

Natalie Courtney

Natalie Courtney

PhD Student
University of Edinburgh

Natalie’s research focuses on Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), a motor neurone disease (MND) that predominantly affects infants. In MNDs, motor neurones breakdown meaning that muscles are no longer told when to move and therefore, patients experience progressive paralysis. Natalie’s work aims to discover more about where and when motor neurones breakdown, specifically in SMA, as well as looking at why some muscles in SMA are severely affected while others remain relatively unaffected by the loss of motor neurones. 

Natalie graduated from the University of Glasgow in 2014 with a first-class BSc(hons) in Anatomy. She then joined the lab of Dr Lyndsay Murray, where she gained an MSc by Research in 2015. During her time as a Masters student, Natalie was successful in securing an EMC PhD scholarship and has continued to research SMA in Dr Murray’s lab.

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