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 & 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 / FUN FACT
"Start by doing what’s necessary, then do what’s possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible."