Dr Antonina Kruppa

Biological Microscopy Coordinator, School of Biological Sciences and Tutor, St Edmund’s College

Antonina J. Kruppa BA PhD, originally from Germany, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and Mathematics from Mount Holyoke College, USA in 2007. Supported by a Wellcome Trust PhD Studentship, she obtained her PhD at Trinity College, University of Cambridge in 2012 investigating an enzyme that protects from the toxicity of plaques in Alzheimer’s disease. She then undertook post-doctoral research in the laboratory of Dr Folma Buss (2013-2023) working on the molecular mechanisms of neurodegenerative diseases. Antonina’s research utilized a wide variety of microscopy techniques to understanding the role of molecular motor proteins and the cytoskeleton in regulating mitochondrial homeostasis and was funded by The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, the British Heart Foundation and Alzheimer’s Research UK. She is now the Biological Microscopy Coordinator for the School of Biological Sciences (SBS) where she is working at the user:facility interface to facilitate access to microscopy facilities across Departments within SBS, creating links with experts for bespoke imaging setups housed in the Cambridge Advanced Imaging Centre (CAIC), and building a wider microscopy community across Cambridge.