- Postdoctoral Affiliate
- Public Engagement Manager, Wellcome Trust-Medical Research Council Cambridge Stem Cell Institute (on leave April 2018-April 2019)
Telephone: 01223 746948
I completed my postgraduate studies in the group of Professor Paul Martin FMedSci at the University of Bristol. As part of my research I collaborated with clinical colleagues at Great Ormond Street Hospital to develop a zebrafish model of an inherited immunodeficiency disorder. Following my PhD I was awarded an MRC Centenary scholarship, through which I garnered a staff associate position at Columbia University, New York to develop engagement projects at the intersection of art and science. Following my fellowship I have held roles in the public engagement teams at the Royal Society, managing the annual Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition and Books Prize, and from 2015 here at the University of Cambridge working with the Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research to enhance institutional commitment to engagement. I joined the Cambridge Stem Cell Institute in March 2017, to lead an exciting new programme of engagement focused on the Institute’s move to the Cambridge Biomedical Campus in 2018. From 30 April 2018 to April 2019 I will be on secondment at the Wellcome Head Office in London, taking up a promotion as Research and Engagement Relationships Manager in the Public Engagement Team.
I firmly believe that the success of academic research is built on openness and engagement with others, as evidenced by my career choices to date. I have pursued a variety of research engagement projects across a wide range of disciplines during my post-doctoral years and I continue to seek out new methods of engagement and measures of impact. In my bridge-building role as public engagement manager, I am able to explore cutting edge stem cell research whilst seeking meaningful ways to engage public groups and foster trust and collaboration. The latter offers exciting opportunities for social science research, which I am keen to explore.