What is your current Job Title or Role?
Lecturer in Biomedical Sciences
What advice would you have for young women who are interested in a STEM career or job?
Do things that interest you. Read. Not just the stuff you have to for school or university, but read widely, find out what is going on now in the areas that interest you. And don't be afraid to ask questions. Ask everyone. If they can't answer it, look it up. If the internet doesn't know, then maybe no one knows. Maybe then you could find out.
How did you get to where you are today?
I liked biology at school, so I decided to do some science A-levels and then studied biochemistry at university. I got really interested in my area of biochemistry when I did my final year project and I liked being in the lab doing experiments. I decided to do a PhD which I really enjoyed. It wasn't easy, but solving problems in a team that I liked working with was great. I then carried out further research as a post-doctoral research associate. This experience, along with a long standing interest in education, allowed me to get my current role in Plymouth.
What do you do on a daily basis in your work?
I teach medical and dental students about various areas of biology. I work with a fantastic team of colleagues to develop our curricula and to think of new ways of teaching science. I tutor students, support them when times are tough and work with them to make their experiences of university as good as they can be. (I also go to meetings and answer emails!)
Who or what inspired you to get into STEM?
Some brilliant teachers along the way. And a real curiosity about biology and the natural world.
What do you enjoy most about your role?
Being able to help students understand things and working with a great team of skilled teachers.
What do you like to do outside work?
Be outside (and ideally on or in the sea). I love surfing, gig rowing, cycling and exploring the South West.