I manage a behaviour research laboratory, running behavioural experiments, supervising students, caring for bumble bees and ordering/maintaining stocks. I also am studying for my MSci by Research in nanotechnology and genetic modification, which involves planning, preparing for and conducting my own research, collaborating with different groups, giving talks and writing papers.
Research, Teaching and mentoring of both Undergraduate and Post-graduate students
I am researching ways of doing the reactions Nature has evolved to do in living organisms, in a test tube instead. This will allow us to better understand the role carbohydrates play in biology, and then we can use this knowledge to create new medicines and treatments.
Manager of research lab, responsible for maintenance and operation of over £2Million of equipment. I organise the analytical support needed for the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) funded projects from institutions all over the UK and NI. Projects are from many other disciplines including Archaeology, Earth sciences, Geography and Life Sciences, which makes the work varied and interesting. I also manage a budget of up to £100K and supervise and train junior technicians.
I teach undergraduates (through lectures, tutorials and workshops), carry out research, publish papers describing the outcomes of this research, travel the world reporting the research outcomes at conferences, universities and research institutes. I also contribute to the running of my department, to the review of other people's research papers and grant proposals. My research uses lasers to generate pulses of light less than a billionth of a second long, which is short enough to watch how molecules change during chemical reactions. We use techniques based on infra-red and UV/visible spectroscopy to observe short-lived reactive intermediates form and turn into reaction products. We also study reactions of importance for our understanding of the complex chemistry going on in the Earth's atmosphere, for example to learn how pollutants or organic molecules emitted by plants are oxidized and removed from the air.
I lecture and run a research group at the University of Bristol. This involves teaching and engaging with undergraduate students in all aspects of their studies as well as cutting edge research in my lab. The research involves mentoring postgraduate students, writing up our results as papers for publication and travelling to present results at conferences around the world.
I have done post-doctoral research in several different research groups in Oxford, Berlin and Bristol. Throughout this time I have worked on determining the structure of protein molecules using a method called nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) - basically putting a protein sample into a very strong magnet, sending in radio waves and seeing what radio waves the sample reflects back. The resulting data is then analysed on a computer to calculate the structure of the protein molecule. Knowing the structure of the protein makes it possible to understand diseases or healthy biological processes better. You can then develop new drugs which target the proteins or change the biological process in some way. Sometimes I have worked on improving the methods for protein structure determination, at other times in collaboration with Biochemists who study a protein’s function. My work can be very varied depending on whether I am involved in sample preparation in the lab, recording data on the NMR machines (mainly computer controlled) or doing data analysis on the computer. My job has enabled me to learn additional skills such as computer programming. You can easily travel and work in other countries, and usually work in very international teams. At the moment I am a part-time scientist and part-time mum. My jobs come and go depending on the availability of research funds. Currently I am doing some work for my old research group in Berlin (but while living in the UK). Because much of the work is computer-based, it is easy to be sent the data electronically and work from home. At the moment I don’t have very much job security, but therefore I have a lot of flexibility which is great alongside being a mum to two small children. Once they are a bit older, I may try to find a more permanent job.
Enabling or enhancing the analysis of data gathered from small angle x-ray scattering (SAXS) experiments alongside conducting research primarily using SAXS.
I run a research group studying blood vessels and how white immune cells are captured from the blood. We also look at how fats in the blood cause new blood vessels to grow. We are also looking at how bacteria stick to heart valves and how we can use new drugs to work as antibiotics.
Direct an undergraduate programme, coordinate, teach and assess specialist cardiology modules, preparatory placement for students and practice educators