Who am I and what do I do?
I’ve always been interested in Science, and have been involved in research since starting my PhD in 1998. For the last 9 years I’ve been a lecturer in Human Molecular Genetics which has also developed my existing enthusiasm for teaching, particularly in using technology to help my students understand and consolidate their course material.
Nottingham is famous for being home to the famous outlaw Robin Hood, and outside of work I have the privilege of doing many amazing things in my role as Nottingham’s Official Maid Marian. Together with Robin Hood I’ve been able to welcome the Olympic torch to Nottingham, meet the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on their visit to the city, as well as many other great events.
How did I get here?
I gained my BSc in Biological Sciences (Genetics) from Birmingham in 1998, before moving to Nottingham to research the role of the angiotensinogen and angiotensin II receptor genes in normal and pre-eclamptic pregnancy for my PhD. This was followed by two post-doctoral positions concerned with the analysis of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (2001-2004; funded by the European Union), and paediatric liver disease in alpha-1-antitrypsin deficient individuals (2004-2006; funded by the Children’s Liver Disease Foundation).
In 2006 I was appointed to the post of Lecturer and launched the MSc in Molecular Genetics and Diagnostics in September of that year. In 2009 I was responsible for writing the tender for the provision of the Modernising Scientific Careers pilot MSc courses in Healthcare Science (Genetics), which we were awarded as a result. We won the contract for further courses in 2011 (ranked first out of all Universities that applied) and I am currently overall Director for the MSc Clinical Science distance-learning programmes as well as being Programme Lead for the MSc Clinical Science (Clinical Genetics).