I am currently a first year DPhil student in the BBSRC-funded Interdisciplinary Bioscience Doctoral Training Partnership programme. As an undergraduate, I studied biological Natural Sciences at University of Cambridge, where I specialised in cell and developmental biology during my final year. I also took modules in a wide range of subjects, including physiology, pathology, mathematical biology and evolution.
I am interested in the early stages of embryogenesis, particularly the factors involved in patterning the embryo and cell fate choice.
2015-present: DPhil Interdisciplinary Bioscience DTP, Linacre College, University of Oxford
2012-2015: BA (Hons) Natural Sciences, Churchill College, University of Cambridge (First Class)
2010-2012: 4 A*s at A Level in Biology, Chemistry, Maths and French
2008-2010: 12 A*s at GCSE
During the final year of my undergraduate degree, I carried out a project on the orientation of cell divisions in Drosophila embryos. Preliminary data showed that at parasegmental boundaries, epithelial cells are biased to divide perpendicular to the boundaries. I investigated the role of the parasegmental boundary regulators in biasing oriented cell divisions.
I undertook a placement with the MRC in the summer of 2014, investigating the role of AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) in prostate cancer. Previous studies have shown that the drug M991 is a potent AMPK activator and that M991 treatment leads to increase in migration in the prostate cancer cell line. One of my project aims was to show whether this increase in migration seen upon addition of M991 is an effect specific to AMPK activation or whether it is an off-target effect of the drug treatment. I was also working with 3 cancerous mouse models to investigate the effect of down-regulating AMPK and knocking out its upstream activator CaMKKbeta in an in vivo setting.