I graduated from the University of Aberdeen in 2015 for which I gained a first-class award for my dissertation where I used bioinformatics to look at the IGF binding protein family across salmonid evolution. My thesis contributed to a larger publication in Marine Genomics, published in 2016.
I then went on to study for an MSc in Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Legislation at the University of Glasgow where I studied the physiological impacts of stress in captive bred poultry using multiple welfare indicators such as corticosterone levels and the heterophil/lymphocyte ratio.
Since graduating, I gained a position within the Institute of Medical Sciences at the University of Aberdeen. Within this role I have managed to build on my research skills by carrying out projects across different disciplines of biology, most notably using genetic tools to study eye development and diseases such as Typhoid Fever and Rheumatoid Arthritis. Alongside enhancing my laboratory techniques, I have been able to become a mentor for undergraduate and postgraduate students within their research projects.