I chose to apply for the academic foundation programme after enjoying the research experience I gained during my intercalated BSc in Medical Microbiology and Immunology at Newcastle University, during my student selected module in Paediatric Immunology at Newcastle and on my Medical Elective to Australia. I wanted to persue my interests in immunology further and felt that this would not necessarily be possible by undertaking a standard foundation programme. I chose to apply to Newcastle because it offers more research time than other AFPs that is protected from clinical comittments and allows the applicant to approach a supervisor in an area that they are interested in. The latter was most important to me with a developing interest in immunology and bone marrow transplantation.
Retrospective clinical study looking at the influences of serotherapy dose on immune reconstitution and function after umbilical cord blood transplant for primary immunodeficiencies.
Retrospective clinical study looking at outcomes after haemopoietic stem cell transplantation for chronic granulomatous disease.
Study looking at the gut microbiota in infants with severe combined immunodeficiency and how this changes throughout the process of haematopoietic stem cell transplantation.
The above projects are all being undertaken with Dr Andrew Gennery.