Mr Dillon Rinauro (2019)
Growing up in Bellingham, Washington, I developed a passion for elder care early on and it has since become an integral part of my life. After graduating from high school, I moved to Los Angeles where I attended Loyola Marymount University to study biochemistry and conduct research on the pathogenesis of misfolding protein diseases, namely, type II diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease with Dr. David A. Moffet. I became increasingly interested in the latter as I frequently volunteered at a convalescent home for the elderly through the Ignatians Service Organization. The relationships I’ve developed with the elderly throughout my life have subsequently inspired me to further understand the intersection of my research with the social sciences and explore the similarities and differences in senior care between the United Kingdom and the United States. At Cambridge, I will be pursuing a PhD in Chemistry under the supervision of Professor Christopher Dobson where I will investigate the mechanism through which tau protein aggregates with emphasis on methods of inhibition for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. My experience here will allow me to to expand upon my knowledge of amyloidogenic diseases and collaborate with students from around the world to foster intellectual diversity. Outside of the lab, I enjoy hiking, running, music, cooking, as well as volunteering with incarcerated youth, persons experiencing homelessness and environmental justice programs.