What is your current Job Title or Role?
Lecturer in Molecular Microbiology
What advice would you have for young women who are interested in a STEM career or job?
The more proactive you are the better! Talk to leaders in the areas you wish to work in and make your interest in the area obvious... and opportunities will come your way.
How did you get to where you are today?
I undertook a degree in Microbiology and continued on to complete a PhD in pharmaceutical microbiology. I then pursued postdoctoral research in the same area and worked through to obtaining my Lectureship at the University of Plymouth in 2017.
What do you do on a daily basis in your work?
As a lecturer I teach students about clinical microbiology, antibiotic resistance and diagnosis of infections. I also undertake research as part of my academic role and specialise in the development of point of care diagnostics for detection of infections, as well as infection control of antibiotic resistant bacteria. This involves science, engineering and technology- so the work I do is truly multi and inter disciplinary.
Who or what inspired you to get into STEM?
I had always been interested in the STEM subjects for many years and part of that was because of watching movies such as star wars and star trek! The main inspiration for my career choice was a movie called "Outbreak". This movie showed me that infections were serious and I realised I wanted to work as a scientist to combat dangerous infections.
What do you enjoy most about your role?
I genuinely love teaching students and telling them new things about the area. It's great when they are fascinated and interested, I also really enjoy talking to the public about my research.
What do you like to do outside work?
I enjoy visiting the countryside and seaside around Plymouth and Cornwall. One of the reasons why I applied for a job here was because I wanted to live by the sea!