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Kayomavua Akpobaro

BSc (Hons), MRes

DPhil Student

My name is Kayo, and I am a DPhil student (Black Academic Futures Scholar) at the Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institute within the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences.

My academic background includes: a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from the University of Portsmouth, an MRes in Molecular and Cellular Biosciences from Imperial College London, and a summer-long Erasmus+ project at the University of Naples Federico II in Italy. Professionally, I have held various roles in and around translational science, most notably with Thermo Fisher Scientific.

Under the supervision of Dr Aarti Jagannath, my doctoral research will be investigating ‘why we sleep?’, 'what happens when we sleep?', and how this is all controlled biologically - with a particular interest in the role that Salt Inducible Kinases (SIKs) play.

A better understanding of the mechanisms underlying sleep and circadian rhythms and how our environment is able to influence these processes, will help promote a healthier management of today’s 24/7 lifestyle, and tackle the many chronic conditions linked to circadian rhythm disruption - ranging from cancer and metabolic syndrome to depression.