UCL Division of Biosciences


Congratulations to Dr. John Labbadia awarded the proleptic appointment within GEE/IHA

8 September 2021

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Dr. John Labbadia has recently been awarded a proleptic position within the Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment, at UCL. John has dedicated his research career to understanding how cells maintain protein homeostasis, first as a PHD student, working in Prof. Gillian Bates’ lab at Kings College London, and then as an ALS Association Postdoctoral Fellow in Prof. Rick Morimoto’s lab at Northwestern University, USA. Following this, John was awarded a prestigious BBSRC David Phillips Fellowship to establish his own lab within the Institute of Healthy Ageing at UCL. John’s work has revealed that stochastic and programmed changes in the activity of protein quality control pathways can leave cells vulnerable to the build-up of toxic proteins with age, thereby resulting in disorders such as Huntington’s, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease. Thanks to his proleptic appointment, John will remain at UCL, where he will continue to lead a research programme focused on understanding how cells prevent toxic proteins from accumulating, and how these mechanisms can be exploited to suppress the occurrence of age-associated diseases throughout the population.