I graduated from Durham University with a BSc in Biological Sciences before moving to London to begin the MRC DTP at King’s. My undergraduate degree included a placement year spent at Cambridge Research Biochemicals, who specialise in the production of custom antibodies and peptides, which gave me a valuable insight into industry. In addition to my final year research project, I carried out a summer research project at Aston University (Birmingham), all of which helped inspire me to pursue a PhD.
The translational focus of the MRC DTP at King’s really appealed to me, with the opportunity to work closely with those affected by the biomedical research we carry out. I was also attracted by the additional training opportunities that form part of the programme, particularly the workshop courses. As I don’t currently hold a Masters degree, the option of following the 1+3 programme was a massive advantage. Having the chance to try out projects across different disciplines has definitely broadened by scientific perspectives, and I hope that the skills I have learned will help me to get the most out of the next three years of the PhD.
1. Membrane remodelling during cell division (Dr Jeremy Carlton and Professor Ulrike Eggert)
2. Evaluation of PSK kinases as suitable targets for breast cancer treatment (Dr Jonathan Morris and Dr Sophie Papa)
3. Unravelling the impact of sequence, expression and genome processing variation in human mitochondria across individuals and tissues (Dr Alan Hodgkinson and Dr Kerrin Small)