Leighton Tam

I Leighton Tam photograduated with a BSc in Biosciences from the University of Exeter in 2016, with my final year project being a comparative study on conservation of critical MMR proteins between human immune cells and eukaryotic parasites. This initial experience awoke my appreciation of the capabilities of bioinformatic analysis/research tool in uncovering the genetic/epigenetic factors behind genetic disorders, with particular interest in neurodegenerative diseases. Subsequently, I joined the University’s Complex Disease Epigenetics Group in order to carry out a MSc by Research in Medical Studies. Currently, I am working on a project to survey changes in APOE methylation in a varied population, observing if it is a product of general aging or unique factors in late-onset Alzheimer’s disease.

My hobbies include bird-watching, and I have previously participated in falcon behavioral studies. I also enjoy swimming, playing the violin and piano, and singing.