Dr. Gemma Lace

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

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Contact Details

Peel G07b

Office times: Wednesday 2-4pm

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Current positions

Senior Lecturer in Molecular Bioscience


I joined the University of Salford in 2011 as a Biomedicine Teaching Fellow and was promoted to Lecturer in 2013. I am a member of the Salford Institute of Dementia and I am the Postgraduate Tutor for the School of Environment and Life Sciences.

I completed a BSc (Hons) Neuroscience at the University of Leeds before obtaining a PhD in Genomic Medicine at the University of Sheffield where I investigated Tau protein pathogenesis in ageing and dementia.

I remained at the University of Sheffield and was awarded a Sir John Stokes Research Fellowship and continued my ageing and dementia research before moving on to investigate the molecular mechanisms underlying Parkinson’s and Huntington’s disease.

I now lead a dementia research group and teach at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. I am passionate about public engagement and science communication and I regularly share my research and all things brain related at charity events and science festivals.

Areas of research

Dementia, Neuroscience, Proteomics, Neuropathology, Obesity, Communication

Areas of supervision

Ageing and Dementia Research, Science Communication, Pegagogy


I teach on a number of Biomedicine programmes at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, specifically in the area of neuroscience, human physiology, histology, pathology, genetics and anatomy.

I am a pedagogical researcher interested in inclusive teaching, playful learning methods and technology enhanced learning

Research Interests

My research involves investigating how brain waste disposal system deficits may contribute to the accumulation of abnormal protein in a number of neurodegenerative disorders including as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson’s disease and frontotemporal dementia.

I am also interested in the role of glial cells in ageing and dementia and the underlying molecular disturbances that underlie the link between obesity and increased dementia risk.

Qualifications and Memberships


  • BSc (Hons) Neuroscience (University of Leeds)
  • PhD Genomic Medicine (University of Leeds)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (University of Salford)


  • Fellow of the Institute of Higher Education
  • Member of the Salford Institute for Dementia
  • Member of the British Neuropathological Society
  • Member of the Alzheimer’s Research UK North West Network
  • Member of the Sheffield Brain Bank Tissue Approval Committee
  • Member of the UK Extracellular Vesicle Society
  • Member of the Physiological Society