Welcome to my page,
This page gives you an bit of an overview about myself and my background/interests. Please feel free to navigate around my subpages to learn about my ongoing research.
I am currently a final year PhD student within MOAC, one of 14 of us in the final ever cohort!
I finished my Master of Science degree in Mathematical Biology and Biophysical Chemistry with MOAC, and graduated with Merit in January 2015. I began my Ph.D. in October 2014, working with Dr. Nicholas Waterfield (Warwick Medical School) and Dr. Matthew Gibson (Warwick Chemistry). I am using synthetic biology and analytical biophysical chemistry techniques to engineer a natural nano-scale bacterial 'syringes' for drug delivery and bio-nanotechnological applications.
Previously, I graduated from Aberystwyth University in the summer of 2013 with a First Class Honours degree in Biology.
My third year dissertation project was the development of a methodology for exploration of the human lung meta-viriome, attempting to elucidate virological early warning signs ("biomarkers") for sufferers of lung cancer and Chronic Obstructive Pulmondary Disease (COPD); in the lab of Dr. Justin Pachebat and co-supervised by Prof. Luis Mur. More information regarding subsequent research projects can be found on their respective subpages in the ribbon above.
- Best Performance in BSc Biology IBERS Scheme awards - presented by Prof. Wayne Powell of the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS) at Aberystwyth University for the highest overall degree grade on my scheme.
- Best Dissertation Project - achieved the highest overall mark for my third year project in the IBERS faculty.
- SET Awards Nomination - nominated for the international Science, Engineering and Technology student of year awards for my dissertation project.
During the course of my masters, 3 eight-week miniprojects in various scientific disciplines were undertaken. My miniprojects can be found in more detail at the links near the top of this page. In brief they are:
- Experimental Biology - Photorhabdus asymbiotica as a model organism for investigating emerging pathogens.
- Theoretical Sciences - A bioinformatic analysis of Photorhabdus genomes to understand evolutionary divergence and the adaptations that give rise to pathogenicity.
- Biophysical Chemistry - Elucidation of structural motifs key to inhibiton of MraY, a potential antibiotic target.
My other research/academic interests include:
- Synthetic Biology and its applications
- Biodefense/ implications of bioterror
- Next Gen Sequencing and functional genomics/bioinformatics
- Pathogenicity and Epidemiology
Within MOAC I am responsible for providing some technical support, ensuring our backups and PCs are running smoothly and I set up all the computers for new starting students. I run a couple of the introductory sessions in the first week for the starting students (introductory computing, mac usage etc.)
I can be emailed if anyone needs help at the address in the right hand panel.
I also demonstrate in a few classes (microbiology, biochemistry, bioinformatics) and teach entry level cellular and molecular biology to MAS students during the introductory chemistry module.