The team
Dr. Veronique Miron

Professor, John David Eaton Chair

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.

Lucy Ryan

Dr Hugh S P Binnie PhD Student

Lucy is investigating interactions between oligodendrocytes and microglia in Alzheimer’s disease and small vessel disease, two major causes of dementia, in order to uncover dysregulated pathways that may be targeted for prevention or treatment strategies. She completed her undergraduate degree in Neuroscience and her MSc in Immunology at Trinity College Dublin. Outside of the lab, she spends her time reading, baking and taking long walks in nature.

Dr. Alana Hoffmann

German Research Foundation Postdoctural Fellow

Alana graduated in Molecular Medicine at the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg (Germany) and completed her PhD on the role of neuroinflammation in neurodegenerative diseases. Joining the Miron lab, Alana investigates how brain-resident macrophage subsets affect the development of oligodendrocyte lineage cells and myelin formation. Outside of the lab, Alana enjoys cycling, baking her own bread and exploring new places around the world.

Dr. Georgie Craig

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Georgie investigates the role of microglia in cognition. She is particularly interested in how microglia-oligodendrocyte interactions may be altered with cognitive decline and ageing. Georgie completed her BSc (Hons) in Neuroscience at The University of Melbourne, and subsequently pursued a PhD investigating oligodendrocyte lineage expansion during development and ageing. In her spare time, Georgie loves reading, going hiking/cycling, and playing (very) amateur fiddle.