I am a DPhil student at the University of Oxford, studying Interdisciplinary Bioscience. I am a member of the Oxford University Doctoral Training Centre which is funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).
I completed my undergraduate MSci Biochemistry degree at Queen's University Belfast with First Class Honours.
- I am currently completing a three month research project to learn about RNA and protein localisation at the neuromuscular junction (NMJ) in Drosophila larvae. Drosophila provide an accessible model to carry out experiments which will improve our understanding of the molecular mechanisms and processes involved in neuron development and plasticity, potentially improving our understanding of memory and learning.
- During my Masters research project I investigated the role of micro (mi)RNAs in the growth, development and survival of a globally important parasite that undermines human health and impacts global agriculture.
- Speaker at British Society of Parasitology Spring Meeting - London - April 2016.
Speaker in the 'Helminth Signalling and Developmental Parasitology I' session at the 2016 British Society of Parasitology Spring Meeting 'From Science to Solutions: Optimising control of parasitic diseases', at Imperial College.
Presentation was entitled 'Probing the role of miRNAs in the growth and development of the liver fluke, Fasciola hepatica.'
- Tim Bramley Prize in Biochemistry - July 2016 - An Academic Scholarship in the School of Biological Sciences (Queen's University Belfast) awarded to the highest scoring Biochemistry student.
The prize was established in 1989 in memory of Tim Bramley, a final year student in Biochemistry.
- I completed a year long work placement at Randox Laboratories, Crumlin, Northern Ireland. This was a research and developement role through which I developed laboratory skills and gained business insight.