|I graduated with a BSc in Biomedical Science at Edinburgh Napier University in 2020 and I have recently finished a Masters of Public Health (MPH) at the University of Edinburgh.
Since my undergraduate degree in Biomedical Science, I have taken a further interest in epidemiology, particularly infectious diseases and how they impact on the health of a population. I focused on a more clinical approach during my undergraduate degree and I conducted my fourth-year dissertation on the respiratory disease Tuberculosis (TB). Specifically, I looked at how gene expression changes during TB infection, using inflamed lung cells as a model. This gave me experience in using laboratory techniques such as PCR, which is considered a gold standard diagnostic technique in molecular biology.
My masters degree introduced be to the broader determinants of health and enabled me to study diseases from a public health perspective. I undertook a systematic review for my masters thesis on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental well-being within adults in the UK. This has allowed me to understand key concepts related to mental health and highlighted the importance of monitoring mental health within a population.