The team
Dr. Veronique Miron

Senior Lecturer and Principal Investigator

Veronica has investigated myelin health for >17 years, completing her PhD at The Montreal Neurological Institute/ McGill University and her postdoctoral training at the Scottish Centre for Regenerative Medicine. Her research focus is on how microglia regulate myelin health across the lifespan, thereby identifying novel therapeutic strategies for neurological disorders (such as multiple sclerosis and cerebral palsy) and dysfunction with ageing. She has a passion for equality and diversity in STEM, and building an inclusive and supportive research culture.

Rebecca Holloway

Senior Research Assistant

Rebecca joined the Miron lab in 2015 as a Research Assistant and has since worked on multiple projects and collaborations. Her primary research focus is the role of microglia and monocytes in repair after human perinatal brain injury. Alongside this, she undertakes surgical training of staff and students across multiple buildings and ensures the smooth running of the communal lab space. She completed her BSc in Biological Sciences at the University of Birmingham, then went on to complete a Masters in Integrative Neuroscience at the University of Edinburgh. Outside of work she can be found tending her indoor jungle or exploring beaches and forests in the highlands.

Dr. Lindsey Forbes

Postdoctoral Fellow

Lindsey’s research focus in the lab is to understand the role of monocytes on the regeneration of myelin in multiple sclerosis. She completed her BSc (Hons) in Neuroscience at the University of Dundee, and subsequently pursued a PhD at the University of St Andrews to investigate the potential for human-iPSC derived neurons to promote repair following CNS injury. At the weekends, Lindsey enjoys getting out of the city and going for long forest walks, listening to podcasts or trying out new recipes in the kitchen.

Niamh McNamara

Wellcome Trust Tissue Repair PhD student

Niamh is investigating the role of microglia in developmental myelination and hypomyelination following perinatal brain injury, and how they might be harnessed for white matter repair. She completed an undergraduate in Biomedical, Health and Life Sciences at University College Dublin, where she got the opportunity to volunteer at a clinic for children with cerebral palsy in Uganda. She is a self-proclaimed popcorn addict and likes to spend her spare time enjoying live music, reading and trying to master gluten-free baking.

Dr. Irene Molina

Postdoctoral Fellow

Irene is using transcriptomics to reveal the role of astrocytes during efficient remyelination. She completed her undergraduate degree in Biology at the University of Girona (Spain), then moved to the UK to obtain an MSc in Biomedical Sciences at the Sheffield Hallam University and an MSc by Research in Integrative Neurosciences at The University of Edinburgh. She completed her PhD in Edinburgh in the Miron Lab, and is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the lab to complete her project. In her free time, you can find Irene eating pizza or in the mountains running or with her bike.

Ayisha Mahmood

NC3Rs PhD Student

Ayisha is developing screening platforms to identify novel therapeutics for remyelination, with an interest in how dying microglia regulate this process. She obtained her BSc and MSc in Neuroscience at the University of Edinburgh before joining the lab in 2019. When not in the lab, she enjoys the gym, amateur baking and is very rarely found without a cup of coffee.

Sarah Kent

Wellcome Trust Translational Neuroscience PhD Student

Sarah is investigating the role of microglial senescence in ageing and neurodegenerative disease. She carried out her undergraduate degree in Genetics at University College Dublin. During this time, she spent a year abroad at the University of California San Diego where she had the opportunity to intern in the Weiss-Suto lab at Scripps Research, studying the neurobiological basis of drug and alcohol addiction. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys CrossFit, spending time outdoors and all things food and fitness related.

Roya Esat

Integrated Neuroscience MSc Student

Roya is a student on the MScR Integrative Neuroscience programme and will be conducting her research project on the impact of macrophages on remyelination. Roya completed her BSc in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Warwick, in which she developed a strong interest in neuroscience. She has a specific interest in glia which developed through her undergraduate project on the astrocytic involvement with learning and memory. In her free time, Roya enjoys hill walking, foraging and botany.