Having grown up and lived in Glasgow my whole life I know what a great place Glasgow is to work and live in. I love spending my time exploring Scotland’s hidden gems as well as travelling to other parts of the world and experiencing other cultures.
I became interested in immunology during my last year at high school and carried out my integrated master’s degree in immunology at the University of Glasgow with a placement year at MedImmune, Cambridge. During my placement at MedImmune I worked on the use of oncolytic viruses to stimulate supressed T-cells in the tumour microenvironment. My placement, as well as my studies at university, inspired me to pursue a career in research.
Our immune system is highly adapted to protect us from disease, however, as a consequence it can sometimes damage our healthy cells. I am very interested in how these overactive immune responses can have long term effects on our tissues. I was excited to join the Perona lab has they share these interests, for example the team is interested in understanding how infection with influenza may result in long term damage / altered repair to lung tissue. I joined the Perona lab in July 2018 as a research technician with the aim of increasing my laboratory and research skills. I now plan on applying for PhDs and to begin this step of my journey in science next year.