Professor of Neurodegeneration, University College London
Dr. Frances Edwards is a professor of neurodegeneration, in the neuroscience, physiology & pharmacology division of biosciences of University College London (UCL)
Dr. Edwards graduated with a degree in pharmacology at the University of Sydney, Australia and received her Ph.D. while working at the Max-Planck Institute in Germany under the Nobel Prize winner, Professor Bert Sakmann. After staying on as a postdoctoral fellow in Professor Sakmann’s lab, in 1990 she joined David Colquhoun’s group in pharmacology at UCL as a Wellcome European Fellow.
After returning to Australia in 1992 Dr. Frances held a Queen Elizabeth II Research Fellowship at the University of Sydney from 1993 until 1996.
In 1996 she joined the Department of Physiology at UCL. Until 2010 the focus of the Edwards lab was mechanisms of fast synaptic transmission and the role of dendritic spines in plasticity using electrophysiology and confocal imaging.
In 2010 the research direction largely shifted to research on Alzheimer’s disease, studying several transgenic mouse models of human mutations in the amyloid pathway or microtubule-associated protein tau.
The approaches have expanded to include a range of molecular biology and immunohistochemical techniques and genetics (in collaboration with John Hardy). Along with synaptic changes, the lab is now interested in the role of the immune system in Alzheimer and the interface between amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary tangles.