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Sydney Yee

DPhil Student


Sydney is a Commonwealth Scholar from Canada currently completing a DPhil in Clinical Neurosciences under Prof Gabriele DeLuca and Dr. Roman Fischer. She completed her BSc Honours in Neuroscience under Dr. Grant Gordon at the University of Calgary, Canada where she was President of the Neuroscience Students’ Association and undergraduate representative for the Hotchkiss Brain Institute Education Committee. She was one of two recipients of the fully-funded Oxford Summer Research Rebecca Hotchkiss International Scholar Exchange award. She also received Academic All-Canadian status for high academic achievement whilst representing the university for varsity field hockey.

Her main research interest concerns the relationship between astrocytes and neurodegenerative disease. Currently, her DPhil focuses on how astrocyte dysfunction associates with inflammatory demyelinating disease burden in multiple sclerosis.

At the University of Oxford, Sydney is highly involved in the community, serving as the Commonwealth Scholar and Fellow Region Coordinator for Oxford, leading barrier-free sports sessions for people with disabilities, as well as designing and teaching accessible courses for high school students from underrepresented backgrounds.

Recent Awards

Commonwealth PhD Scholarship (2018-2021)

RHISE Hotchkiss Brain Insitute-Oxford Summer Research Exchange (2017)

Markin Undergraduate Student Research Program Summer Studentship (2016)

Alberta Innovates Health Solutions Summer Studentship (2015)

Academic All-Canadian (2015)