I joined the Perona-Wright Lab in August 2021, following completion of my BSc in Immunology with first-class honours. I was born and bred in Cumbernauld, just outside of Glasgow and I enjoy sports, cooking and travelling. I also have a keen interest in continuing my charity work in Malawi, and to date, I have raised over £1250 for a local girl’s school and hospital in the town of Nkemenmya, to which I was lucky enough to visit.
During my BSc at the University of Glasgow, I was awarded the Head of Scholar’s Award and The Fyfe and Arthritis Research Campaign Prize, whilst also topping my 3rd-year class for Immunology. I also undertook a month placement in Prof. Carl Goodyears lab, which gave me an insight into the life of a researcher at the university. During my final year honours project, the COVID-19 pandemic prevented myself and others from completing a supervised laboratory project, however, I was able to carry out a “dry project” with Prof. Pasquale Maffia, investigating the role of Axl Receptors in Experimental Atherosclerosis.
My research interests are primarily focused on T follicular Helper Cell Metabolism. I am currently working in collaboration with the Perona-wright lab and Sityrx, an immunometabolism focussed industrial partnership. We hope that my research will shed some light on the metabolic control of germinal centre formation in different disease states such as collagen-induced arthritis, influenza A and experimental asthma. My work is mostly focused on murine models of disease and will incorporate both in-vitro and in-vivo methods.