Current Position: Postgraduate Student
Graduated with a 2.1 in Biomedical Sciences with Medical Microbiology. Immediately after finishing exams I worked in California as a football coach over the summer. I'm starting a PhD at Queen's University Belfast (funded by DEL) exploring novel drug targets against parasitic liver flukes.
Studying at Newcastle has been a fantastic experience and I was extremely sad to leave after graduating with upper second class honours. The city is prettier than any picture and the nightlife is wilder than any jungle. The locals are tremendously friendly and for pasty lovers, there's a Gregg's on every corner!
The lecturers at the School of Biomedical Sciences are incredibly passionate about their subjects and are keen to have students gain valuable experience in their labs. Many hours of the degree programme are spent in teaching laboratories, learning key practical skills.
The teaching staff are also very supportive of students interested in gaining extra lab experience. During the summer of 2012 I carried out a paid 8 week placement in the Institute for Cell and Molecular Biosciences. My project involved studying gut bacteria and how the process complex sugars. During this placement I learnt from many mistakes however all of the lab staff were incredibly supportive and not too hard with the banter.
Straight after, I carried out a year in industry, where I worked as a laboratory technician for a local bioscience company - Orla Protein Technologies. There I was given the chance to become a valued team member and learnt a tremendous amount. At that point I shelved my dream of scoring a winning goal at Wembley and decided to commit my life to Lady Science.
During my final year I carried out a 100 hour placement as a research assistant at another local company, called Biotoolomics Ltd. This was arranged by the Newcastle Work Experience (NWE) scheme and the NWE staff were very supportive throughout the application process and during the placement.
Whilst applying for my PhD the staff at Newcastle were always happy to help with any problems I had and I always felt I could talk to my tutor about any issues. I know for a fact that without the lecturers sparking my interest in parasites and the University giving me the opportunities to gain experience, I wouldn't be where I am today. I could not recommend Newcastle University enough!