What do you do?
I investigate the impact that our mitochondrial DNA has on the way we respond to medicines.
Why did you choose this field?
I knew medicine wasn't for me, but still envisioned having a career which allowed me to have a positive impact on people's health. I'd always enjoyed biology and chemistry throughout school, and was really torn about which one I wanted to study at university; biochemistry just didn't sound like what I was interested in. Then, I discovered pharmacology and knew that this was it!
When I began my undergraduate pharmacology course I expected to be most interested in the mechanisms behind medicines improving health, but soon realised that it was actually the opposite that really drew me in. From then on, my main area of interest has definitely been drug safety!
What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?
Securing a placement at a global pharmaceutical company during my undergraduate degree, and then successfully applying for my dream PhD whilst working there.
Why do you love working in STEM?
I love that everyday I get to learn. Whether I'm reading, in the lab, or at conferences, there is always the opportunity to learn something new.
Best advice for next generation?
Don't feel too much pressure to know exactly what you want to do at a young age. Just enjoy exploring subjects that you find genuinely interesting. There are an infinite number of career possibilities within STEM - your passions will definitely line up with one of them... And if they don't, become a pioneer in your chosen field!
Inspo quote / fun fact / role model
“Success is a journey, not a destination.”