Current Position: PhD student at University of Ulster
After I graduated I worked as a summer intern in the Quality Assurance department at Helena Biosciences – a biotechnology company which produce electrophoresis and haemostasis diagnostic kits.
I’m now starting a PhD at the University of Ulster, investigating a source of dietary fibre as a potential prebiotic.
Throughout Biomedical Sciences / Physiology, I really enjoyed how relevant the teaching was to current research, and all the material was interesting. There is opportunity to work with peers in practical classes, and teaching staff are always very helpful.
The highlight was my third year project - spending time doing your own research is great fun and challenging. It’s what made me want to do a PhD!
Whilst at the university I worked as a Street Scientist. If you like science communication and working with varied audiences it's great fun! I also completed a Newcastle Work Experience placement, which was really helpful for evidencing skills during future applications.
Following a summer project with a research group I developed a specific interest, and I was able to work in this area during my third year research project. I then found a PhD in a very similar area, relevant to my experience and what I enjoyed. Fortunately I got it!
Attention to detail and a good work ethic are very important in my current role. As a post-graduate student, the analytical skills, communication, and lab competencies you learn at Newcastle are vital.