Alana joined the Neuroinflammation Lab in 2022, where she studied complement and A1 astrocytes in motor neurone disease (MND). After graduating with First Class Honours, she began her PhD in 2023 where she has expanded her research into the broader role of astrocytes in MND. She aims to elucidate the role of both healthy and reactive astrocytes in disease, and how they interact with other glial cells to drive neurodegeneration.