I have just finished my second year studying Cellular and Molecular Biology (BSc Hons) at Newcastle University and will start my third and final year in September. My third year project is looking at the effects of the antibiotic, metronidazole, and the possibility of using it to treat coral disease.
I am part of the "light bulb" alternative subgroup within our iGEM team and responsible for looking at engineering E. coli to fluoresce when an electrical current is passed through the growth medium. I am thoroughly enjoying the iGEM process and I believe it is a great opportunity for me to put into practise all the skills that I have learnt throughout my degree, as well as mastering new skills. I love working in the laboratory, as well as gaining an insight into the computing aspect of synthetic biology, such as simulation and modelling programmes.
In my spare time I enjoy travelling and volunteering abroad with organisations such as Operation Wallacea and the Maldives Whale Shark Programme. I am also a keen scuba diver and skier and I am an active member of both the University's Scuba Diving Club and the Ski and Snowboarding Club.