Name: Dr. Melissa Trotman-Lucas, PhD
Hometown: Nottingham, England, UK
Current Position: Research Fellow, University of Nottingham, UK
Q: What made you interested in a career in stroke?
A: As an undergraduate at the University of Leicester, I studied biological sciences. A significant part of this course involved an in-depth look at brain function and, conversely, its dysfunction. I enjoyed thinking about cellular physiology and how functioning is impacted following the smallest of changes. When [there was] a PhD opportunity to study the role of excitotoxicity in the pathological damage that occurs following ischemic stroke, I was excited to investigate this and better understand it. A close family member of mine had suffered multiple strokes, so I knew the impact this debilitating disease could have on an individual, but also to the surrounding family. So, for me, to work even in the smallest way towards improving treatment and recovery for stroke sufferers was of a keen interest for me.