Department: Comparative Biomedical Sciences
Research Groups: Musculoskeletal Biology
Neil graduated with a BSc (Hons) degree in Genetics from the University of Liverpool in 2015. Following his undergraduate studies, he completed a partially funded MRC-Arthritis Research UK Master of Research degree in Musculoskeletal Ageing from the Centre for Integrated research into Musculoskeletal Ageing (Institute of Ageing and Chronic Disease, University of Liverpool).
Neil is a current member of the British Society for Matrix Biology, Biochemistry Society and Physiology Society.
Under the supervision of Dr Chavaunne Thorpe (Arthritis Research UK Fellow), Neil’s PhD is focussed on understanding how ageing affects equine progenitor cell populations residing within a mechanically unique tendon niche called the interfascicular matrix (IFM). As part of this project, he will characterise the tendon progenitor cell niche and investigate how the specific molecular changes within IFM-derived stem cells predispose equine athletes to higher risk of tendon injury with increasing age.
Neil’s project is funded by the RVC Mellon fund for equine research.