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  • 70 Cowcaddens Road, Glasgow Caledonian University

    G4 0BA Glasgow

    United Kingdom


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Research interests


  • Research Fellow, Glasgow Caledonian University, 2017-present
  • Lecturer in Biomedical Sciences, Edinburgh Napier University, 2016-2017
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate (Alzheimer’s Research UK), Institute of Healthy Ageing,  University College London, 2009-2017
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate (EU-FP7, AddNeuroMed Project), Institute of Healthy Ageing, University College London, 2006-2009
  • PhD (Lloyds Charities Trust/Alzheimer’s Research Trust PhD Scholarship), Kings College London, 2002-2006
  • Research Technician (Eisai London Research Laboratories), 2000-2002
  • BSc Pharmacology (Hons with Work Placement at AstraZeneca) University of Glasgow, 2000


Research overview

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is the leading cause of dementia in humans, affecting families across all communities. As our population grows older this poses a significant challenge for future generations, since current therapies do not slow-down the progression of memory loss in dementia patients. A priority area for AD research is therefore to develop new drugs to halt the disease, by finding ways to protect neurons as pathology progresses.

My current interest is in understanding the molecular mechanisms by which the ageing process increases neuronal vulnerability to AD pathology, using Drosophila and human induced pluripotent stem cell (hiPSC) neuron models of disease. By targeting ageing, a common risk factor for many neurodegenerative diseases, my work aims to deliver potential new targets for the development of therapies to maintain neuronal integrity in AD and, potentially, other neurological conditions. 


Team Members & Alumni (current):

Mohamed Elsharkasi (PhD student)

Aikaterina Miari (Wellcome Trust Summer Vacation Student)

Antonella Leti (Erasmus MSc Student)



Professor Selina Wray, Institute of Neurology, University College London

Dr Geoffrey Wells, School of Pharmacy, University College London

Professor Ann Graham, Glasgow Caledonian University

Dr Gillian Hunter, Glasgow Caledonian University


External positions

ECR Representative, Scottish Universities Life Sciences Alliance

1 Mar 2019 → …

ARUK Scotland Network Organising Committee member, Alzheimers Research UK

1 Sep 2018 → …

Research Assessor (Science, Engineering & Technology panel), Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland

1 Feb 2018 → …


  • Nervous System Diseases
  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Ageing
  • Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience
  • Neurons
  • Drosophila
  • Functional Genomics
  • Biochemistry
  • Pharmacology

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Research Output

Molecular mechanisms of lithium action: switching the light on multiple targets for dementia using animal models

Kerr, F., Bjedov, I. & Sofola-Adesakin, O., 28 Aug 2018, In : Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience. 11

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    Direct Keap1-Nrf2 disruption as a potential therapeutic target for Alzheimer’s disease

    Kerr, F., Sofola-Adesakin, O., Ivanov, D. K., Gatliff, J., Perez-Nievas, B. G., Bertrand, H. C., Martinez, P., Callard, R., Snoeren, I., Cocheme, H. M., Adcott, J., Khericha, M., Castillo-Quan, J. I., Wells, G., Noble, W., Thornton, J. & Partridge, L., 2 Mar 2017, In : PLoS Genetics. 13, 3, 30 p., e1006593.

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    Reduced insulin signaling maintains electrical transmission in a neural circuit in aging flies

    Augustin, H., McGourty, K., Allen, M. J., Madem, S. K., Adcot, J., Kerr, F., Wong, C. T., Vincent, A., Godenschwege, T., Boucrot, E. & Partridge, L., 13 Sep 2017, In : PLoS Biology. 15, 9, 25 p., e2001655.

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    Deletion of endogenous Tau proteins is not detrimental in Drosophila

    Burnouf, S., Grönke, S., Augustin, H., Dols, J., Gorsky, M. K., Werner, J., Kerr, F., Alic, N., Martinez, P. & Partridge, L., 15 Mar 2016, In : Scientific Reports. 6

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  • Increased glucose transport into neurons rescues Aß toxicity in Drosophila

    Niccoli, T., Cabecinha, M., Tillmann, A., Kerr, F., Wong, C. T., Cardenes, D., Vincent, A. J., Bettedi, L., Li, L., Gronke, S., Dols, J. & Partridge, L., 12 Sep 2016, In : Current Biology. 26, 17, p. 2291-2300 10 p.

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