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Academic Biography

Tora is an American who graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree with honours in Biology (B.S. with a concentration in Genetics and Development) from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in Genetics/Cell Biology at Duke University before moving to the UK.

Tora then worked as an NIH Fellow with Prof Sir Doug Turnbull and Prof Bob Lightowlers at Newcastle University, funded by a National Research Service Award to investigate the roles of mitochondrial defects in neurons.

After a career break, Tora worked at Northumbria University as a postdoc, then an Anniversary Research Fellow and then a Lecturer in Biomedical Sciences, establishing her current area of research, before joining Teesside University as a Lecturer in Biomedical Science in 2017.

Tora's research involves using a model system (Drosophila melanogaster, aka fruit flies) to investigate the roles of mitochondrial dysfunction in Parkinson’s disease.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Suppressors of piwi: Dosage-sensitive chromatin and transcriptional regulators in Drosophila germline stem cell division., Duke University

Award Date: 14 Nov 2003

Bachelor, B.S. in Biology with a concentration in Genetics and Development, Cornell University

Award Date: 31 May 1996


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