Prof Cathy Abbott

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Prof Cathy Abbott

Professor of Mammalian Molecular Genetics
University of Edinburgh

Professor Cathy Abbott is a geneticist who did her PhD at the University of Reading and MRC Harwell. She then did a postdoc and held a lectureship at UCL before coming to Edinburgh in the early 90s. Cathy uses gene editing in her work, and makes and studies mouse strains that develop an early onset form of MND. She is also very interested in what it is that makes motor neurons so vulnerable to different types of stress, when compared with other cell types in the body. She believes that if we can understand this, then maybe we can start to find ways to make motor neurones more robust. 

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