Ruth Helen Faram
BSc. (Hons), MSc.& DPhil. (Oxon)
Laboratory Research Technician (Post-Doctoral)
Dr. Ruth Faram graduated from University College London with a BSc. (Hons) Neuroscience in 2008. Ruth subsequently moved to the University of Oxford where she received a MSc. in Pharmacology (2009) and a D.Phil in Anatomical Neuropharmacology (New College, Oxford, 2013). During this time, Ruth specialised in cell and molecular neuroscience, identifying a novel sub-population of neurons in the corpus callosum and rostral migratory stream of the rodent brain. Her work contributed to the fundamental research investigating cellular communication between cells in these regions of the brain, and involved the use of electron microscopy, immunohistochemistry, and cell and molecular biology.
Following this, Ruth moved to the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics as a Post-Doctoral Research scientist, to work on the molecular interactions of proteins MAPT and amyloid beta in Alzheimer’s disease in the Wade-Martins Laboratory. Funded by the Alzheimer’s Society, Ruth mutated the MAPT gene of a human iPS cell line using the gene editing technology ‘CRISPR-Cas9’, to create a human relevant cell line for investigating Alzheimer's disease pathology.
Throughout her MSc., D.Phil and Post-Doctoral positions Ruth taught students in the laboratory and gave lectures and seminars at the Medical Sciences Teaching Centre, Oxford. She has been involved in numerous outreach events such as Cheltenham and Oxford Science Festivals standing as a Medical Research Council ambassador, worked with ‘Science for Schools’ hosting work experience for school pupils, and was an editor for Oxford Phenotype and the New College Journal. With such interest in public engagement, teaching and education, Ruth moved to the group of Prof. Oppermann, NDORMS, in 2016 to work alongside the team on projects investigating epigenetic factors involved in inflammation, ageing, and mesenchymal stem cell biology, and to also contribute to the laboratory training of students within the group.