BBMedSc. (Human genetics), Hons. 1st Class, Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand)
PhD, Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand)
Having completed a PhD at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, Tim went on to two postdoctoral positions at the Department of Medicine and the Department of Pathology at the University of Cambridge. During his first postdoctoral position, under Prof TM Cox and Dr MB Cachón-González, Tim developed an understanding of lysosomal biology while working on rare neurological diseases. It was during this time that he also gained rigorous training in molecular techniques.
During his second postdoctoral position, under the guidance of Prof CJ Watson, Tim researched extreme examples of lysosomal physiology in the involuting mammary gland. This work provided Tim with further valuable experience in cell biology and advanced molecular techniques, such as CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing and use of lentivirus.
Tim was appointed to head the Neurobiology Section in the Hopwood Centre for Neurobiology (formally the Lysosomal Diseases Research Unit) at SAHMRI in 2015. His current research focuses on the role of the lysosomal network in common neurodegenerative disease such as Alzheimer’s disease.