From a young age I have been interested in understanding how the world and life works, as well as the practical applications of our acquired knowledge. During my A levels I focused on the sciences and then specialised in biology for my undergraduate degree.

While studying for my first degree I arranged a number of placements to experience science in the real world. At the Environment Agency I contributed to the work of a small team of research scientists, collecting data from migratory Salmon and Trout. I also spent time shadowing in the Cardiac Rehabilitation Department and Pathology Labs at the Countess of Chester Hospital.

During my BSc in Genetics and Human Health I developed a particular interest in the Origin of Life, Molecular Genetics, Evolution, Genomics and Bioinformatics. My final year project was a laboratory based Proteomic Study of Resistance and Susceptibility to Schistosome Infection in Biomphalaria glabrata.

I was also awarded a competitive bursary to fund a bioinformatics research project, a study Anchoring Brachypodium Genomes to Rice Pseudomolecules.

I recently completed my MRes in Post Genomic Science at the University of Liverpool. My research project utilised a variety of bioinformatics tools to Functionally Annotate the Histidine Phosphatase Superfamily.