2015 - Present: DPhil student in Interdisciplinary Bioscience DTP, University of Oxford.
2012 - 2015: BA (Hons) in Natural Sciences, University of Cambridge.
Final year specialisation in Plant Sciences
2005 - 2012: William Howard School, A levels in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Geography.
Research dissertation - 'Reinventing the palette: The evolution of betalain pigments in the Caryophyllales'
Critical literature review - 'Extracellular nucleotides: The new plant cell regulators?'
I have a general interest in the cell and molecular biology of plants. My past research experience has particularly focused on molecular evolution, working with both plants and bacteria.Through the DTP, I hope to particularly further my skills in cell biology and imaging to complement my previous molecular biology work. I particularly appreciate research environments which are interested in the translational applications of their work and are varied in their research focus.
Outside of science, I have numerous interests. I held several elected JCR commitee positions during my undergraduate studies as well as being social secretary for my final year undergraduate course. Other hobbies include walking, skiing and cooking.
Samuel Taylor Scholarship: Sidney Sussex College, 2014
Academic Exhibitor 2014: Sidney Sussex College
Completed a 12-week undergraduate research project
investigating the molecular evolution of betalain pigments within the angiosperm order Caryophyllales. Specifcially, the expression patterns and sequences of paralogues of the gene DODA were analysed in order to establish the role that ancestral changes in this gene played in the evolution of the unique betalain pigment group (Dr Sam Brockington, Molecular evolution and systematics, Cambridge Plant Sciences).
Completed a 3-week placement in an industrial bioscience setting identifying novel bacterial (R)-selective transaminases. This involved both bioinformatic and molecular biology work (Prozomix Ltd).
Completed an 8-week placement at Harper Adams University working in both Fresh Produce and Entomological research. This work involved assessing the efficacy of two biological control systems (entomopathogenic nematodes and fungi) in control of black vine weevil populations. An additional project was also undertaken using RFID tracking technology to monitor the movements of vine weevils within agricultural settings (Dr Jim Monaghan & Dr Tom Pope, CERC, Harper Adams University).
Will soon undertake two 11-week short projects as part of the DTP.
Pope et al., 2015. Recording the movements of adult vine weevils within strawberry crops using radio frequency identification tags. Journal of berry research. (Preprint)