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 Sophie Hawkins

Sophie Hawkins

Postdoctoral research associate

 Living Systems Institute S02.01


Living Systems Institute, University of Exeter, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QD


Sophie joined the University of Exeter in November 2018 following completion of an MSc by Research at the University of York. During her time in York she specialised in the biology of non-coding RNAs, investigating the molecular machinery involved in the biogenesis of microRNAs.

Now based in the Living Systems Institute (LSI), her current research focuses on non-coding RNAs and RNA binding proteins in the context of neurodegenerative disease. Sophie completed her PhD in December 2022 in the laboratory of Dr Akshay Bhinge, and is continuing in his group as a postdoctoral research associate.


PhD (Medical Sciences)

MSc by Research (Biology)

BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences (Molecular biology and genetics)



Research projects

Sophie's PhD project focused on the interactions of non-coding RNAs (ncRNAs) in driving motor neuron degeneration in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). ALS is a progressive disease characterised by the death of motor neurons in the central nervous system. Currently there is no effective treatment available for this fatal disorder, her project aims to investigate potential biomarkers and/or therapeutic targets in the context of ncRNAs.

Sophie works in the laboratory of Dr Akshay Bhinge, based on the Streatham Campus.


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Hawkins S (2022). RNA Dysregulation in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis.  Abstract.

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