I graduated from Plymouth University in 2016 with a BSc in Marine Biology. It was here that I decided I wanted to pursue a research career in marine microbiology after I focused my final year dissertation on the interactions between pathogenic Vibrio species and marine fungi.
After graduation I spent 12 months working in a commercial microbiology lab in order to fund my master’s course in Oldenburg, Germany. During my 2 years in Oldenburg, I have been able to focus my studies on marine microbiology, specifically microbial interactions in the marine environment. During my final year of the course, I have been working on the isolation and investigation of the bioactive microbial members of deep-sea sponge microbiomes in order to search for antimicrobial compounds.
I will graduate from the University of Oldenburg in September 2019 with an MSc in Microbiology, and I am then looking forward to returning to Plymouth University to undertake my PhD in ‘Diatom-bacteria interactions: deciphering the impacts on algal bloom regulation and toxicity’.