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Professional Development

A record of professional development activities completed during my PhD
Postgraduate Certificate in Transferable Skills in Science


  • 1st year
    • Doctoral Skills 1
    • Team working in a research environment, comprising:
      • 'Speed PhD' MIBTP cohort training event, October 2015
      • 1-week MIBTP Team Building Residential, Coniston, June 2017
  • 2nd year
    • Doctoral Skills 2
    • 3-day Science Communication course, May 2018
  • 3rd year
    • Doctoral Skills 3
Training courses attended

2016 WDSI Vacation School: Principles and Practice of Data Handling in R, University of Warwick.

2016 High Throughput Data Analysis (RNAseq Analysis): 3 x 3-hour taught workshops, University of Warwick.

2016 RSSP Workshop: How to be an effective researcher. 1 day, University of Warwick.

2016 Plagiarism and Ethics workshop: 1 day MIBTP cohort event, University of Birmingham.

2017 RSSP workshop: Poster Design and Creation, University of Warwick.

2017 RSSP workshop: How to write a literature review, University of Warwick.

2017 Commercialisation of Research (Entrepreneurship training): 1 day MIBTP cohort event, University of Warwick

2017 Preparing to Teach in Higher Education: 1 day training course and accompanying Moodle course provided by the Teaching and Learning Unit of the Learning and Development Centre.


MIBTP 2015 Cohort Warwick Student Representative 2015-2019

Member of the School of Life Sciences Postgraduate Research Student Staff Liaison Committee (PGR-SSLC) 2016-2017

Member of School of Life Sciences Postgraduate Symposium Organising Committee 2017

Session chair at School of Life Sciences Postgraduate Symposium (March 2017)

Chair of the PGR-SSLC 2017-2018

Member of Postgraduate Research Managment Committee 2017-2018

Chair of the School of Life Sciences Postgraduate Symposium Organising Committee 2018

Teaching experience

Demonstrating within School of Life Sciences:

  • Science 101 (2016)
  • QuBic mentor at drop-in sessions (2017-2018) including lead teacher of 3 x 1hr mathematics refresher workshops.
  • Demonstrator: 2nd year undergraduate Moleculer Biology labs (2017)

Outreach as part of the Warwick Integrative Synthetic Biology stand at New Scientist Live (2018)

Membership of Professional Societies

Member of the Royal Society of Biology (2017- )

Other experiences

Participant in IFSTAL (2015-), including as a representative of the FCRN at IFSTAL launch event (2016), and invited "Meet the workplace" presenter at IFSTAL's Communicating in Food Systems away day, University of Reading (2017).

Invited speaker at Warwick SynBio Forum 2017 - presented thoughts from a former teacher's perspective on how to make outreach in schools have a lasting and useful impact.

Selected speaker at Rooting 2017: The 8th International Symposium on Root Development, held in UmeƄ, Sweden (29th May-1st June). Presented 15 minute seminar on conceptual background of my research and hypothesis of cell cycle involvement in immunity-growth antagonism.

Participated in BiotechYES (2017): attended workshop at Syngenta, Jealott's Hill, and as part of a team of 5, devised and pitched a business plan for a hypothetical biotechnology product.

Selected speaker at ISRR 2018: Exploring the Hidden Half: The 10th International Symposium of the International Society of Root Research, held in Jerusalem, Israel (28th June-4th July). Presented a 15 minute seminar on cell cycle involvement in mediating growth-immunity antagonism.