Education, Qualifications and Research Experience
2015-2019: MIBTP PhD, School of Life Sciences, University of Warwick
Substantive research project: "Investigating the molecular and cellular basis for immunity-induced growth inhibition in the roots of Arabidopsis thaliana and crop plants"
Supervisors: Dr Patrick Schäfer & Dr Sascha Ott
7 week mini-project: "Investigating the role of MYB and ARABIDILLO proteins in root development"
Supervisor: Dr Juliet Coates, Department of Biosciences, University of Birmingham
6 week mini-project: "Investigating the molecular mechanisms involved in immunity-induced growth inhibition in Arabidopsis thaliana"
Supervisor: Dr Patrick Schäfer
2013-2014: PGCE in Secondary Science with Biology, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge
Classroom-based research: a social sciences research project into the impact of self-assessment on student outcomes. Sawston Village College, Cambridge.
2010-2013: BA Natural Sciences, Queens' College, University of Cambridge
3rd year 16 week research project: "Exploring root-level interactions between wheat and blackgrass"
Supervisor: Dr Julia Davies, Department of Plant Sciences, Univeristy of Cambridge
3rd year mini-dissertation: "The Hemipteran “Pathogen”? Emerging Evidence for Aphid Effector Molecules Suppressing Plant Defences."
8 week summer research project: Combining algal and plant photosynthesis (CAPP) studentship
Supervisor: Prof. Howard Griffiths, Department of Plant Sciences, Univeristy of Cambridge
1 month Operation Wallacea expedition, Spiny Forests of Madagascar: Biodiversity research assistant.
2008-2010: International Baccalaureate, Truro College, Cornwall
Finch, J. A., Guillaume, G., French, S. A., Colaço, R. D., Davies, J. M., & Swarbreck, S. M. (2017). Wheat root length and not branching is altered in the presence of neighbours, including blackgrass. PloS one, 12(5), e0178176. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0178176
2016- : Food Climate Research Network (FCRN)
3 month internship (Jan-April) continued on to ongoing part-time work. Mainly involved in content creation and editing for Foodsource website and Fodder newsletter, with some student engagement projects. Also a member of the FCRN and Foodsoure advisory committees.
2014-2015: Teacher of Science, Bottisham Village College, Cambridge
2007-2010: Sales Assistant, W H Smith, Truro, Cornwall
Other Experiences and Skills
Academic awards: Queens’ College Book Prize and election to position of Foundation Scholar at Queens’ College, University of Cambridge, for final year results.
Volunteering: Active participant in various conservation-based volunteer days with Warwick Volunteers and Friends of Canley Green Spaces.
Computing: Ongoing experience with programming, bioinformatics, and statistics tools in R Studio; familiarity with modelling and data handling in Matlab.
Outdoor: Countryside Leaders Award; Duke of Edinburgh Award (bronze)
Travel: 3 week solo backpacking experience, New Zealand.
Languages: Basic conversational and written French.