I graduated from the University of Plymouth with a BSc in Applied Biomedical Sciences in 2023. As part of my undergraduate degree, I completed a year-long placement at Exeter Blood Sciences laboratory (an NHS trust), gaining my professional registration as a Biomedical Scientist. My dissertation research project was entitled “Antibiotic activity of sediment bacteria isolated from a Roman bath and hot spring in Bath, England”. This project contributed to one of the first large scale assessments of the environment in terms of antimicrobial potential. It also piqued my interest in natural product discovery and our response to antimicrobial resistance in a wider sense. As a result, I chose to re-direct my career goals away from a clinical setting and towards a more research-based setting, ultimately leading me to undertaking a PhD.