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Curriculum Vitae

Personal Profile

A friendly, organised, mature, caring and trustworthy individual. Enjoys a challenge and is willing to learn. Able to relate well with people of all ages. Considers it important to treat people with respect and understanding. Punctual and hardworking.

Work History

Oct 2011 – Present PhD, School of Life Sciences, Warwick University

Four year BBSRC Case award PhD on ‘Delay of Bolting in Rocket’ including 6 month spent working with industrial sponsor Elsoms Seeds Ltd, Spalding.

May 2009 –Aug 2011 Research Technician, School of Life Sciences, Warwick University

Technical assistance role on the project ‘Manipulation of Bolting Time for Improved Quality in Lettuce production’. Tasks include PCR, sequencing, plant maintenance, record keeping, plant transformation, RNA extraction, Real Time PCR, teaching techniques to colleagues and training of undergraduate project students.

Oct 2008 –April 2009 Research Assistant for Rijk Zwaan at Warwick HRI

Laboratory assistant providing technical support to the project, ‘Manipulation of Bolting Time for Improved Quality in Lettuce production’. Tasks include Molecular Cloning, PCR, Preparation of BAC DNA, Gateway Cloning, colony screening using radiolabelled probes, Gel electrophoresis, seed cleaning and sowing, writing protocols, DNA Nebulisation, Genome Walking and DNA extraction.

Sept 2007 – June 2008 UCCF Relay Discipleship Programme

Bath University & Bath Spa University Christian Unions (CU)

Supporting and advising CU executive committees. Leading, teaching, training and providing pastoral support for students. Encourage and inspire creativity amongst student leaders. Working as part of a team, taking initiative in time management and study programme

Work within Education Years

Summer 2007 University of Nottingham Research Assistant

Plant science project for Dr. Cyril Rauch, Veterinary Science and Dr. David Gray, Food Science. Work included becoming a registered Confocal Microscope user, RNA extraction and RT – PCR

Summer 2006 Contract Options, Staines.

Temping work with a catering agency (Housekeeping work, Deli bar, Kitchen hand, Wedding waitressing)

Summer 2005 Garden design and build project for Mr Steve Smith, Ashford

Design the garden, consult on which existing plants to keep, remove unwanted features, prepare ground, supervise construction of new features, and consult on new planting. Ensure work completed to satisfactory standard.

Summer 2004 Sunbury Leisure Centre, Sunbury - on - Thames

Playscheme for 5 - 11 year olds

Supervising play. Organising activities, both craft and sport

Summer 2003 Centre for Population Biology, Imperial College, London, Ascot

Nuffield Bursary Scheme Project looking at the succession of plant species in a field plot

Using field work techniques to assess the growth of an experimental plot. Identifying and classifying similar grass species. Assess results and write up a report.

Summer 2002 The Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, London

Horticultural Assistant (volunteer)

Hands on horticultural experience


2004 – 2007 Nottingham University, Sutton Bonington campus

BSc Plant Science – 2:1

Modules taken included Flowers and Biotechnology, Plants and the Light Environment, Genomics, Practical Methods in Experimental Biology and Plant Developmental Genetics. Third year project ‘Examining the gene expression of vitamin E genes in Brassica napus’. It involved primer design and techniques such as RNA extraction, cDNA synthesis and RT – PCR.

2002 – 2004 Strode's College, Egham

A Levels: Biology A, Chemistry B, Environmental Science A

AS Levels: Physical Education A, Maths & Stats E

GCSEs: General Studies B

Key Skills: Communication Level 3, IT Level 2

Other qualifications: Community Sports Leaders Award, Gold Crest Award for Science report

1997-2002 Bishop Wand Church of England Secondary School

10 GCSEs at A* – B including English, Maths and Science

Other Qualifications: Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award

Other Activities / Qualifications

August 2011 - Eucarpia Leafy Salads Confernce, Lille

July 2005 – Gatsby summer school for plant scientists

2004 – Trampoline coach qualification

Current driving licence

Hobbies and Interests

Leading and teaching a local youth club for 12 – 17 year olds. Supervising a monthly youth-led church service.

Reading, swimming, ballet, horse riding, attending aerobics classes, spending time with my friends and being creative.