University College London - Summer researcher, Imperial College London - Summer researcher.
PhD Student in Biological Sciences
Favourite thing to do in my job: It's exciting to use creative coding to solve biology-related problems that will hopefully help some people in the world!
I'm a PhD student who loves science, snacks and sipping on a cup of tea.
I live in Cambridge where I am just beginning the third year of my PhD in Bioinformatics. For the past three years I’ve been combining my passion for biology with computer science, learning lots along the way!
I also teach young people computer programming, trying to spread the word of all the different fields computer science can be applied to, from physics to art.
In my spare time I like to make and eat adventurous snacks, drink LOT of tea, volunteer in my community and watch rom-coms.
I'm trying to find genes that affect the shape of human's eyes, and think about how this may lead to some diseases.
I am interested in finding genes that might effect the shape of the retina, an area at the back of the eye that changes the light that comes into the eye into signals that your brain can understand. I get information about the shape of the eye from scans, the same kind that you might have done at the optician. I use this information, and peoples genetic code to look if there is a link between the shape of the retina, and genes. The shape of the retina can change if people have certain diseases such as glaucoma, a disease that causes blindness, and albinism, a condition that effects how well we see due to pigmentation. Therefore we hope finding out about genes that cause different shaped retinas may help us find out about genes that effect these diseases.
My Typical Day
Lots of coding, fuelled by snack and tea. Talking with other scientists and sharing ideas about our projects. Catching up on the latest science news by reading and going to talks by scientists I admire.
A large part of my day will be spent writing code and running computer programmes. I like coding as it’s really creative and is basically a big problem solving puzzle. In between I often have meetings with other scientists, either people working on the same project as me, people doing similar stuff or just other scientists whose work I think seems cool. It’s really useful to talk to different people to get new ideas and perspectives, plus it’s fun to meet people who like the same science as you. I also try to go to talks by visiting scientists and read up on the latest stuff, science is always changing and that’s one of the things that makes it amazing!
As part of my work I also get to travel lots, to attend conferences, courses (you’re always learning as a researcher!) and give talks. I feel really lucky to get to do this as it means I get to see more of the world and meet people who I would otherwise never get to meet.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
enthusiastic, optimistic, snacky
What's the best thing you've ever done in your career?
I get to travel lots and meet new people who love science as much as me.
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
I'e been lucky to have had a fab group of pals who are all passionate about the work they do. Being surrounded by people who are doing great at something they love makes me want to do the same!
What was your favourite subject at school?
Biology, Maths and Art
What did you want to be after you left school?
I wanted to be a Marine Biologist and research penguins
Were you ever in trouble at school?
I was kind of forgetful so would tend to hand in my homework late but apart from that I kept pretty quiet
Who is your favourite singer or band?
What is the most fun thing you've done?
A few years ago I went to Japan, which was so cool! I loved seeing the different buildings, fashion, and of course the food!
Tell us a joke.
Want to hear a joke about pizza? Never mind it’s too cheesy.