Before commencing my PhD in 2010 I worked for many years as a research scientist and, prior to that, as a biochemist. Consequently, I have extensive molecular biology and biochemistry experience. Following redundancy, I took the opportunity to embark on a PhD enabling me to utilise these skills to persue my own research interests and advance my career.
August 2013-present Freelance Scientific Editor
Compuscript Ltd., Shannon, Co. Clare, Ireland
Provision of a thorough language editing service for non-English speaking academic authors of scientific manuscripts, with a requirement for rapid turnaround and adherence to strict deadlines.
2001-2010 Research Scientist
University of Warwick (formally Warwick HRI), Wellesbourne, Warwickshire
Senior research technician investigating the transcriptional regulation of leaf senescence in the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana.
“Plant Responses to Environmental Stress in Arabidopsis (PRESTA)” (BBSRC/EPSRC SABR)
PIs: Prof. Vicky Buchanan-Wollaston, Assoc.Prof. Katherine Denby, Prof. Jim Beynon, Prof. David Rand and Prof. David Wild; Dr Murray Grant and Dr Nick Smirnoff (Exeter); Dr Phil Mullineaux (Essex) (BBSRC/EPSRC SABR)
“Elucidating signalling networks in plant senescence” (BBSRC)
PI: Prof. Vicky Buchanan-Wollaston
“Leaf development: A Systems Biology Approach” (BBSRC)
PIs: Prof. Vicky Buchanan-Wollaston, Prof. Jim Beynon, Dr. Steve Jackson and Prof. Brian Thomas
“Control of leaf senescence in Arabidopsis” (BBSRC)
PI: Prof.Vicky Buchanan-Wollaston
“Post-harvest petal senescence in the cut-flower Alstroemeria” (DEFRA)
PIs: Prof.Vicky Buchanan-Wollaston, Prof. Brian Thomas, Dr. Hilary Rogers (University of Cardfiff) and Dr. Tony Stead (Royal Holloway)
1995-2001 Analytical Biochemist
Worcestershire Scientific Services, Berkeley Business Park, Worcester
Analysis of food samples for compliance with the relevant legislation in association with national Local Authority Trading Standards departments. Emphasis on high sample throughput with precise and accurate analysis to fulfil customer requirements and UKAS (UK Accreditation Service) certification.
2010-May 2014 PhD in Systems Biology, University of Warwick
"Action of the NF-Y transcription factors in plant stress response"
Supervisors: Prof. Vicky Buchanan-Wollaston and Assoc.Prof. Katherine Denby
1996-2001 (part-time) BSc (Hons) Biochemistry with Applied Biology (Class I)
University of Wolverhampton
Awarded 'Biosciences Student of the Year (2001)