OpenBio was designed as a place for us to share our mutual interest in all things cool and science (mutually exclusive or not). There is a lot of information out there so we envisaged a place where we could share interesting and relevant stories. Although our field is biology (specifically pharmacology), we like to see ourselves as polymaths, with an interest in all things technical.
I’m a Pharmacology Graduate from Glasgow, currently working toward a PhD in Oncology from the University of Cambridge at the CRUK Cambridge Institute. Like the others I spent a year working in MedImmune, Cambridge, before going on to complete the Amgen Scholars program at the LMU in Munich. Hobbies include annoying Mike, snowboarding and mountain biking.
I am a first year Wellcome Trust PhD student at the Cambridge Stem Cell Institute carrying out my research in the Department of Pathology with Prof. Christine Watson. My research looks at the identity of the elusive mammary gland stem cells using lineage tracing and 3D imaging. As part of my PhD I also carried out rotations looking at liver stem cells and pre-leukemic patient blood samples. I am an ex-pharmacologist from the University of Bath, with 15 months experience of industry after working for the oncology pharmacology team at MedImmune in Cambridge for my placement year. Here I really got the bug for proper science and cemented the fact I would love to stay in research. I am really keen on science outreach and education and want to attempt to inform younger generations of the varied and fun areas of science available, in addition to dispelling the absolute bumf that it sometimes represented about science in the mainstream media. When I am not getting angry about this, I like to cross stitch, listen to music and annoy mike (preferably all at the same time).
I’m currently studying for a PhD in neuroinflammation at the the University of Manchester, UK. My work is based mainly on the role of a huge protein complex called the inflammasome in diseases such as Alzheimer’s, stroke and haemorrhagic fever. When I’m not in the lab I’m usually found up a mountain or out in the countryside somewhere and am always on the lookout for any new science outreach ideas!