Christy O.Y. 洪藹楹

  • Croucher Cambridge International Scholarship in 2013 at University of Cambridge

Christy was born and raised in Hong kong. She obtained her Bachelor degree in Biochemistry in 2013. It was during her final year that she first became interested in neuroscience. Driven by this passion, she went on to pursue a PhD at the University of Cambridge. Her study in Cambridge was supported by both “Croucher Cambridge International Scholarship” and the “Cambridge International Scholarship”. And her PhD project was focused on studying the transportation of proteins inside nerve cells using live-cell imaging.


Christy's recent project is to investigate the role of autophagy, which is a sort of cellular ‘garbage disposal’ system that removes and recycle damaged material to prevent the build-up of toxic waste within the cells. The major aim of her project is to investigate whether boosting this disposal system could present a new approach to prevent, halt or reverse the symptoms of the neurodegenerative disease.