Enthusiastic research assistant, with a keen interest in cellular and molecular biology, holds aspirations of a PhD within the next 3 years
Starting in February 2017, I am thoroughly enjoying my position as a Research Assistant within the Monaco Research Group, at the Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology.
While my personal background favours cellular and molecular biology, the group is subdivided into a number of different specialities, each interlinking though investigations into the inflammatory basis of Atherosclerosis. Because of this, colleagues are not only able to provide support and a variety of different insights and approaches, which fantastic for problem-solving and generating successful unconventional strategies, but also results in a very dynamic and exciting working environment.
My work, more specifically, focuses on Toll-like Receptor biology in the context of Atherosclerosis, where the majority of my work is performed at a molecular level and includes techniques such as Activity Assays, Immunocytochemistry, Immunofluorescence, Immunoprecipitation, Microscopy, Tissue Culture and Western Blotting. In the near future, I will be involved in the development, creation and subsequent application of novel plasmid vectors using standard molecular cloning techniques to aid our research into Toll-like receptor biology further.
While all these works are supported and complemented by skills I learnt during my Integrated Masters (2015/16), where I was optimising and applying an innovative technique, known as BioID, to investigate novel interactions for two poorly characterised Autophagic proteins called TOLLIP and Endofin, since starting my role as a Research Assistant, I have developed these skills greatly and with the support of my colleagues am acquiring a phenomenal level of molecular biological expertise.
Moreover, as there are many opportunities to integrate and network within the institute, which houses a broad spectrum of research groups, each sharing a common interest in immunological-related specialities, this not only provides further support for my own work, but also offers insight into a much broader spectrum of cutting edge immunological works ongoing at The University of Oxford.
Although I am very enthusiastic and passionate about working within a laboratory setting, I am also involved in community-based events, such as the Oxford Science Festival, to help engage the community and next generation with how amazing science truly is!
Away from the lab I am also passionate about animal welfare and have a keen interest in both general and science-related current affairs. Moreover, I enjoy experimental cooking and am proud a member of the National Trust.
Thank you for taking the time to read my profile and please do not hesitate to get in contact with any enquiries! My details can be found to the right of the page, including a link to my LinkdIn page for a more detailed overview of my academic experiences and achievements to date.
British Pharmacological Society Vacation Studentship, 2013
British Pharmacological Society and The Physiological Society In Vivo Training Grant, 2014
Home Office Animal Handling Licence (modules 1-4), valid until 2019