I have been in Alex's lab since 2007. My PhD was in vertebrate embryology studying chick lens development in Andrea Streit's lab at KCL. Since then, I have been studying the molecular mechanisms that allow the development of the Drosophila central nervous system to continue during environmental stress. I'm interested in using a diverse range of techniques - such as imaging mass spectrometry, lipidomics and confocal microscopy - to understand fundamental questions in developmental biology. We have discovered an important protective role for lipid droplets in the neural stem cell niche, and I am now extending this work to mammalian development and oncology.