Why I started a blog
I’m a postdoctoral research scientist investigating the role of the peripheral circadian clock in connective tissue maintenance and ageing. In July 2016 I embarked on a re-run of ‘Scientist Abroad’ by moving to Copenhagen to join the Michael Kjær at the Institute of Sports Medicine Copenhagen.
This blog is like a diary where I can keep track of my adventures and to share with my friends. My true loves are science and food – my social media activities are mainly tweeting about science and yelping about my latest food adventures. Here I will be combining these two loves of mine, and include stories of my new Copenhagen adventures and my struggles to become an adult and an independent researcher!
If there’re any suggestions to what I should eat or do in Copenhagen or any scientific advice you have to offer, or if you want any advice on your PhD or raising funding for travel grants or conference sponsorships, then message me here, on Twitter or add me as a friend on Yelp!
I moved to Manchester from London in 2003 to materialise my ambition to become a scientist that I had since I was 13 years old. My degree was Biomedical Sciences with a year’s Industrial Experience at Boehringer-Ingelheim in Biberach an der Riß. After, I secured a BBSRC Masters Training Grant and stayed for a brand new masters program in Tissue Engineering for Regenerative Medicine – I felt held back at first but the training was invaluable, check out my student profile here! In 2008 I was offered a BBSRC Doctoral Training Grant to do a PhD in Cell Biology with Karl Kadler at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell-Matrix Research, which is where my tendon adventures began and when I met the best supervisor ever! I loved my PhD! Don’t get me wrong, science was a right bitch sometimes but I loved having my own project (characterising the Rho GTPase activating protein Arhgap28) and the challenges that came with it, and I made some of the best friends as a committee member of the Faculty of Life Sciences (now known as Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health) Postgraduate Society. I guess this is why I am an unofficial ambassador for people who love science to do a PhD and to make sure they enjoy it and for the University of Manchester!
After my PhD, I did move away to do short fellowship in 2014 at the Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing in Cologne and although I loved living in Germany again, the project was not right for me. Luckily for me, I was able to go back to Manchester where I worked on a couple of industrial-funded projects. Notable research discovery is that tendon is a peripheral clock and has it’s own 24-hour rhythm regulating over 700 genes!
If you would like to contact me about science or science-related matters, feel free to contact me on LinkedIn.