I have just started my first year of the MRC DTP program, here at the University of Warwick.
I graduated from the University of Surrey with a Biomedical Science (Bsc) degree and completed my final year project in the lab of Dr Kevin Maringer; investigating the interactions between arboviruses and the mosquito immune system. My project involved characterising mosquito cells with CRIPSR knock-outs of genes involved in the RNAi immune pathway, to ultimately investigate the role of RNAi in viral persistence.
During my undergraduate, I spent a year in Dr Arleen Rifkind's lab (Weill Cornell Medical College, NY, USA) where I studied the effects of the environmental toxin, 2, 3, 7, 8 - tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD) on hepatocellular gene expression.
I also worked part time at the Surrey Clinical Research Centre, a phase I, human clinical trials unit where I had a variety of responsibilities assisting the clinical, laboratory, project management and sleep research team in running vaccination and sleep studies.