I began my undergraduate studies in 2011 at the University of Bath (UK) studying Biology, opting to take a placement year. For my placement project I undertook a sandwich studentship at the National Institute for Medical Research, in Professor Victor Tybulewicz’ lab, studying congenital heart defects in mouse models of Down Syndrome. After graduating (1st class honours) in 2015, I began my PhD in Dr James Turner’s lab, at the Francis Crick Institute.
I am interested in sex chromosome genetics in development and disease, with a major focus on utilising genome editing to investigate the dynamics of CRISPR-Cas9 induced mutations, and generating sex chromosome transgenes. The translational and wide-ranging applications of my project motivates my research interests.
I take an active role in scientific engagement and communication. I have won presentation awards, co-organised scientific conferences, workshops and forums, including being the chairperson for the international Young Embryologist Network conference for multiple years. I have been involved in Crick events such as a panellist for Science on Screen, Discovery Day, and presenting at Open House, amongst others. I also undertook a short-term position at the Science Media Centre where I was actively involved in a fast-paced press office environment.