Dr Michelle Starkey studied for her Bachelor’s in Biological Sciences at the University of Oxford, followed by a Master’s at University College London where her research focused on the biological signalling molecules and their role in neuronal sprouting following injury.
In 2002 she was granted one of our Nathalie Rose Barr awards to study for her PhD at King’s College London. There, she researched various strategies to promote repair and recovery after spinal cord injury, eventually focusing on the use of chondroitinase ABC, an enzyme that digests inhibitory components of the glial scar, to enhance anatomical plasticity in the spinal cord following injury.
From 2006 Michelle continued her research at University of Zurich/ETH Zurich and then Spinal Cord Injury Research lab at Balgrist University Hospital. During this time her research focused on nerve plasticity after injury and rehabilitative training. At our Network Meeting in 2016, she won the Bill Shand Kydd Award for a young and successful researcher whose career is dedicated to spinal cord injury. Spinal Research set the award up in honour and remembrance of Bill and his tireless support of our work.
In 2017 Michelle joined the University of Cambridge as Research Associate to research sensor technology projects with myelopathy patients. In addition, she is working with Spinal Research trustee Prof. James Fawcett setting up the new spinal cord injury clinical research department at the university.