What do you do?
With humans as the experimental model, I explore the challenges of drug development from initial discovery to clinical trial. My research contributes to the more rapid development of diagnostic tools and therapeutics to enhance prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases- I bring what is discovered at bench to bedside.
Why did you choose this field?
I have always been an inquisitive individual. From a young age I have always questioned the ‘why’ that an event happens. Having witnessed family members and patients deteriorate as a consequence of a lack of diagnostic tools and treatments I knew from a young age that I did not want to be a spectator but that I wanted to enhance and apply my scientific knowledge in a way that was of benefit to others.
What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?
When I was 16 my grandmother passed away of dementia at the same time I was completing my GCSE mock examinations. I attained very poor grades across the board and was disappointed in myself. When I completed my GCSEs later that year I achieved all A*s and As. I realised that I was capable of achieving anything I set my mind to if I was willing to put in sufficient time and effort. At 17 I wasn’t lucky enough to secure a place at a UK medical school but I was still determined to excel. I did so in my A-Levels and my Undergraduate Biomedical Science studies which collectively have led me to the attainment of my current position.
Why do you love working in STEM?
I love the unpredictability that comes with each day and even in completing routine tasks and procedures. It can only take one small difference to completely change the way we think. I wake up looking forward to being mentally challenged and stimulated and knowing that through the work I complete I am making a positive difference to many peoples lives.
Best advice for next generation?
Do not let the fear of a male dominated industry stop you from pursuing your dreams. You can do it! As individuals we are supposed to think about things differently, that’s what enables progression.
Inspo quote / fun fact / role model
"If you know you are on the right track, if you have this inner knowledge, then nobody can turn you off... no matter what they say."