I am a MRC DTP Pathways to Impact - Teaching Staff with the Division of Pharmacy. I am particularly interested in gaining more pedagogical experience and making use of my expansive PE history.
I was previously conducting a PhD researching ERK5 in macrophage behaviour during wound healing. I was part of the Experimental Oncology and Wound Healing research groups at the University of Manchester under the supervision of Dr Katherine Finegan, Professor Kaye Williams and Dr Kimberly Mace.
I have made contributions to public engagement events such as Science Spectacular 2017, where we hosted a range of activities for all ages, to demonstrate the variety of imaging techniques in clinics (MRI, PET) and how they can be used for detection, diagnosis, and treatment of cancers. Moreover, I have been a member of the Special Events co-ordination team for Pint of Science 2018 Festival and the Creative Reactions team for Pint of Science 2019 Festival. This is a non-profit organisation aimed to bring different scientists and their latest research to local pubs.
I was also part of the "Have You Heard?" project as the Manchester Team Leader which is an outreach project involving a small group of scientists across the UK with the aim of reaching out to local community groups and clearing the haze that often surrounds scientific discoveries and to help bridge the line between science and the headline.
As of 2018, I have also been awarded a role as a Widening Participation Fellow, to develop and deliver a range of activities to inspire and engage with schools and college students across Greater Manchester. This is with a particular aim to widen participation to higher education to under-represented groups by showcasing university as a real opportunity for everyone. As an extension of this, I was a MAP (Manchester Access Programme) Tutor, where I supervised three students on their biology research essays on Animal Behaviour, Cardiovascular Therapies, and Fishing Agricultural Effects on the Environment.
Outside of science, I have contributed to the Doctoral Academy blog: Research Hive, as the well-being subeditor to highlight opportunities and support available at the University of Manchester. Most recently I was the Co-Editor-in-Chief.
I produced a short video for Biggar Science Festival 2018 which followed Dr Victoria Tessyman a CRUK Scientist from Biggar, Scotland who was researching ways to understand and tackle cancer at the University of Manchester.
I am a co-founder of an art and science collaboration project, Experimental Designs, that brought together 12 researchers and 12 artists to generate science inspired art in Manchester Museum's Living Worlds Exhibit. The art was showcased over a three day exhibition as part of Pint of Science - Creative Reactions and during Post-doc appreciation week at the University of Manchester.
Additionally, I am part of the core team at South Manchester junior parkrun as one of their Run Directors. This is a free weekly 2km running event (Sunday, 9am) for 4-14 year olds to encourage children and their parents and guardians to take part in exercise and volunteering.