Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Oxford
Find out what you're interested in and pursue it.
What do you do?
I work at the Department of Oncology at the University of Oxford in the field of Radiation Oncology. Specifically, I am looking at ways of improving molecular radionuclide therapy - a type of radiotherapy that involves radioactive drugs that target cancer cells - for the treatment of prostate cancer through developing combination therapies and furthering our current understanding of radiobiology.
Why did you choose this field?
I became interested in working in the medical sciences after some work experience that I did at a hospital when I was 16 (which also made me realise that I didn't want to pursue medicine!) Instead, I decided to study Chemistry at university, with an emphasis on medicinal chemistry/chemical biology, and now use that knowledge to try to develop new ways to treat diseases.
What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?
Finishing a PhD!
Why do you love working in STEM?
The variety - every day is different, and you also get to meet/work with people from all different backgrounds and expertise.
Best advice for next generation?
Believe in yourself! Find out what you're interested in and pursue it.
Inspo quote / fun fact / role model
"Start by doing what’s necessary, then do what’s possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible."