I live with my Partner in Twickenham, London. My job is working with viruses. In the evenings I like to listen to jazz or go to the gym. I love Horse riding, pottery and dogs!
I like to go horse riding as often as I can and my parents have dogs which I go back and see and go on nice long walks with.
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I currently work in an antiviral unit, providing high-quality testing for HIV, HSV and HSV in NHS samples. My department provides International reference and surveillance activities for antiviral resistance including acting as a WHO-specialised HIV drug resistance laboratory.
- Analyse the genomes of HIV and HSV using bioinformatic pipelines.
- Maintain Vero cells along with performing plaque assays for HSV.
- Perform whole genome sequencing on HCV samples
- Guide and assist student undertaking masters’ projects.
- I ensure reagents used for service work are all in date and validated prior to use
- Help to improve current service work by investigating new reagents
My Typical Day:
I get to work for 7 am we have flexi working so this means I get to leave a 3pm and also try and avoid all the traffic. I will have lunch whenever I have time, sometimes I will go out for a nice walk during my lunch. I get to plan my own day. Often a day will involve extracting material from patient samples and running them on a PCR and then often sending them for sequencing. This all happens in the lab. I also help with cell culture. This work mostly happens on Monday and Thursday.
We infect cells with HSV virus to try and grow the virus and perform a test on. This involves keeping healthy cells going. we have to split the cells on Monday and Thursdays and then if we are performing a test this happens on Tuesday or Friday since it takes 1 day for the cells to be nice an healthy.
The Perse School, Cambridge
University of Exeter
A-levels, Chemistry biology geography
Master Medical microbiology
PhD in progress
Assistant Research Scientist
Waitress at a wedding catering
UK HEALTH SECURITY AGENCY
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the next David Attenborough
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