Current Employer/Organisation Name
University of Exeter Medical School
What have you been doing since leaving Exeter, and what are you doing now?
Since graduating I began a PhD in Medical Studies researching type 1 diabetes. The PhD is unique in a way as I am supervised by a clinician, statistician and an islet biologist which allows me to work on interdisciplinary projects that are clinically useful, whilst furthering our knowledge of the aetiology of type 1 diabetes.
Why did you choose this career? And what do you enjoy most about your work?
At the age of 17 I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes myself. This diagnosis, although devastating, instilled in me a passion to follow a research career in type 1 diabetes, driven by the goal to improve our understanding of why and how this disease occurs in some people, and ultimately to improve the lives of others with this chronic disease. I most enjoy the interdisciplinary nature of my PhD which allows me to see the clinical side and the biological side of type 1 diabetes and develop skills in both.
What did you enjoy most about studying here?
For me my course played a huge role in my enjoyment of University. The course is close-knit and supportive and has provided me with so many opportunities for personal and career development. I met some amazing people from the day I got to Exeter and throughout my time here, and just doing as much as possible with them and going to the many events that happen in Exeter was a big part of my enjoyment. I also fell in love with the South West and the location is perfect for someone who loves the outdoors and the coast.
Why did you choose to study at Exeter?
I was looking for an undergraduate degree that combined my passion for the Sciences and Math’s and recognized that 21st century research is becoming increasingly interdisciplinary. Exeter is perhaps the only university that provides a truly mixed scientific degree that is research driven, and combined with Exeter’s ideal location, on the coast and next to Dartmoor, this was the perfect place for me.
What skills and experiences have been most useful for your career?
The course structure in Natural Sciences is unique, bridging conventional boundaries and providing the opportunity to participate in real world research throughout the degree programme. It allows flexibility and teaches all the skills necessary for a developing future scientist.
What advice would you give to a current student who wishes to pursue your career?
My advise would be get as much experience as possible, the University offer plenty of paid internship schemes, for example the access to internships scheme, which can allow you to develop specific skills for a career path you to follow. Also keep looking ahead to keep up with the field and how it changes.