Academic Background

PhD Researcher - Norwich Medical School, University of East Anglia 2017 - 2020

"Urine and statistics: developing a non-invasive test for prostate cancer with machine learning"

Research Assistant - Cardiovascular Sciences Unit, Queens Medical Research Insitute, University of Edinburgh 2015 - 2017

Employed by a BHF-funded grant to identify the potential links between eicosanoids and nanoparticle-induced cardiovascular disease. This is in collaboration with the University of the Highlands and Islands amongst other institutes. The studies used a targeted lipidomic approach in complementary cellular and animal models to establish the role of specific eicosanoids in the adverse cardiovascular effects of a carefully chosen panel of combustion-derived nanoparticles (CDNPs)and engineered nanoparticles (ENPs). Additionally this research developed in vitro models to predict the in vivo cardiovascular toxicity of constituents of CDNPs and novel ENPs, and identified novel biomarkers of nanoparticle exposure and toxicity.

Research Techinician - Cardiovascular Sciences Unit, Queens Medical Research Insitute, University of Edinburgh 2015 - 2016

Worked on the EU-funded NanoMILE project researching the mechanisms by which engineered nanomaterials interact with living systems and the environment to develop a universal framework for safe nanotechnology.  Our work package aimed to investigate the in vitro/in vivo effects of selected nanomaterials on the mamallian cardiovascular system, partnered with RIVM in the Netherlands, amongst others.

 

BSc (Hons) Applied Marine Biology - Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK 2015

 Dissertation Title: The role of HSP70 in the immune response of the sea urchin, Paracentrotus lividus, after exposure to single-walled carbon nanotubes.

 

Awards: Maia Strachan Prize for best research project & Martin Wilkinson Marine Biology award for best exam performance.

 

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