School of Biological Sciences, University of East Anglia, Norwich
BSc (Hons) Biomedicine
Before starting my PhD, I undertook work experience within broadcast media and print journalism. I have a particular interest in television news and throughly enjoyed the excitement and energy within the newsroom. It also gave me experience and confidence to interact with the public and to meet people from various backgrounds all of whom had a story to tell.
Post-graduate research PhD student
Norwich Medical School, Unversity of East Anglia
Favourite thing to do in my job: Making bacteria glow!
I am a patient charity funded PhD student studying the role of a leaky gut and intestinal bacteria in people diagnosed with ME, also known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS). Very little is understood about the cause of the condition estimated to affect 250,000 people across the UK. Patients experience severe fatigue and physical and mental exhaustion, however, there are many other symptoms which not all patients experience and is very individual. It commonly affects the nervous symptom and the immune system, but is unlikely to be a single disease with a single cause.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Perfectionist, outgoing, ambitious
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
I’d always had a desire to find things out, and to understand life, but also am passionate about applying this knowledge to better life and address human disease
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Not once! I was always well behaved and handed in my homework on time.
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
I would love to be a broadcast journalist or involved in film-making.
Who is your favourite singer or band?
To say that I am a massive fan of Lana Del Rey is an understandment – I am mesmerized by her voice!
What's your favourite food?
Hershey’s Reeses peanut butter cups.
What is the most fun thing you've done?
I have spoken about my research on local BBC Radio. I always enjoy talking about science to other people. I was also delighted to hear donations to the charity funding my work also increased during my interview.