Please tell us about yourself
Vogue Magazine recently shared its list of the ’25 influential women in Britain shaping 2018′. It features an esteemed list of human rights activists, scientists, artists and writers. These women, doing wonders in various fields have shown great promise. Standing shoulder to shoulder with other great women is Priyanka Joshi, a 29-year-old biochemist, originally from India.
What did you study?
Priyanka did her Masters from the Bioinformatics and Biotechnology Department (IBB) from Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU). She then moved to the Downing College in Cambridge University, United Kingdom, to pursue her doctorate in BioPhysics.
Please tell us about your work
According to Forbes, “Priyanka Joshi’s research focuses on identifying small molecule drugs and metabolites in the human brain that can modulate the formation of amyloid beta-protein clumps, thought to be the underlying cause of Alzheimer’s disease. The small molecule library that she created is the basis for starting a drug discovery programme at the Centre for Misfolding Diseases at the University of Cambridge.” Vogue cites, “With dementia now the leading cause of death for women in England and Wales, her early breakthroughs and research could not be more vital.”
How does your research benefit the community?
Priyanka sits at the cutting edge of Alzheimer’s research, and has been praised for her groundbreaking work building a “library” of drug-like molecules to target irregular proteins that cause degenerative brain diseases. With dementia now the leading cause of death for women in England and Wales, her early breakthroughs and research could not be more vital.”