Scientific Committee

Meet the Scientific Committee!



Dr Kif Liakath-Ali
Research Associate

I’m a molecular geneticist by training. I have completed my PhD in 2015 from the University of Cambridge specializing in skin biology. I’m currently working as a research associate at King’s College London. I have a long-standing interest in neurobiology and enjoy thinking how the brain makes us, us. I will soon be starting my postdoctoral training at Stanford University, USA to study the molecular aspect of synapse formation and function. Besides being a scientist, I’m an avid communicator of science, especially to school students through the STEM ambassador programme.



Dr Cassandra Terry
Senior Investigator Scientist
MRC Prion Unit at UCL
UCL Institute of Prion Diseases
Faculty of Brain Sciences

I am currently an Investigator Scientist at The Institute of Prion Diseases at University College London where my research focuses on determining the structure of misfolded proteins that cause neurodegenerative diseases. I am also currently the public engagement coordinator for the institute (with Jessica Sells). I have previously worked at the MRC in Cambridge and at AstraZeneca in Cheshire determining the structure of proteins involved in human disease. I completed my PhD at The University of Sheffield, my MRes in Structural Proteomics at St Andrews University and my BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry also from The University of Sheffield.




Miss Jessica Sells

Laboratory Technician and Volunteer Public Engagement Coordinator
MRC Prion Unit at UCL

I currently work as a lab technician researching the structure of prion proteins at the MRC Prion Unit at UCL. I have experience of designing and delivering workshops, activities and events to communicate and educate various target audiences in the subject of neurodegenerative diseases through various methods and channels, applying for external funding for public engagement activities, and recruiting scientists to receive training and get involved in public engagement and science communication.

Twitter: @JessicaSells6



Dr Michael Bale

I am a research fellow working at the University of Sussex where I am investigating how brain cells make sense of the world.  My experiments focus on how neurons all over the brain encode different types of touch.  I do this by recording electrical activity or taking images of brain cells while subjects are stimulated with complex vibrations.  I have previously worked at the University of Manchester (where I obtained my PhD), HHMI Janelia Research Campus in the US and The Institute of Neuroscience in Alicante, Spain.  I have had some good times away from lab performing touch illusions to general public audiences.