Welcome to our new Principal Investigators

a collage of headshots of the three new Investigators, with the Euan MacDonald Centre logo

Mar 2023: We are delighted to welcome Dr Ilary Allodi, Dr Alejandra Aranceta-Garza and Dr Kosala Dissanayake as new members of the Euan MacDonald Centre.

In recent months, three new Principal Investigators have joined our network. Principal Investigators are those researchers who are leading their own programme of work, hence this means that three new lines of study have been added to the Euan MacDonald Centre portfolio.

All three new researchers are conducting laboratory science into the causes and mechanisms of MND. They are based in Dundee, Edinburgh and St Andrews.

We're looking forward to getting to know these new members and sharing news of their research findings in the coming years.

headshot of Dr Ilary Allodi


Dr Ilary Allodi is a Lecturer in Systems Neuroscience who has recently moved to the University of St Andrews from Copenhagen. She investigates the changes in cell circuits in the brain and spinal cord that take place in neurodegenerative diseases, and how these changes contribute to neurodegeneration. Her aim is to identify new targets for treatment or to assist with making earlier diagnoses.

Dr Allodi's profile

headshot of Dr Alejandra Aranceta-Garza


Dr Alejandra Aranceta-Garza is a Lecturer in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Dundee. Her research focuses on the understanding of the mechanisms behind motor control and the neurophysiological involvement during abnormal movements, diseases or injuries, as well as using specialised tools to assess the effectiveness of rehabilitation.

Dr Aranceta-Garza's profile

headshot of Dr Kosala Dissanayake


Dr Kosala Dissanayake is a Lecturer in Veterinary Biomedical Science at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies and Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh. She investigates nerve-muscle signal transmission, which is vital to optimal muscle function, and is investigating how it is affected by certain toxins such as pesticides.

Dr Dissanayake's profile





This article was published on: Wednesday, March 08, 2023