Alejandro Lorente Pons

After completing my Biochemistry degree at the University of Sevilla, I went to Sheffield in 2012 to do an MSc in Translational Neuroscience, where I did a project on the involvement of the ATXN2 gene in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) at the Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience (SITraN). After the MSc, I stayed in SITraN to do my PhD with Robin Highley and Jon Wood (2013-2016). During my PhD, I investigated the involvement of mutations in the C9ORF72 gene in oligodendroglial pathology in the brain and spinal cord of ALS patients. I also sought to find out how this gene might be related to a deficit of mRNA trafficking in those cells, probably leading to demyelination. After doing my PhD, I went to Bristol to work as an associate teacher at the School of Biochemistry (University of Bristol, 2017-today). In this position, I teach and mark all the 1st-year Biochemistry practicals. I also have a role as a tutor and facilitator for group-based learning, and help organise outreach events with schools and improve the online resources that we provide students with.