I am currently in the final year of my PhD at Imperial College in London, in virology. In particular my work is focussed on Norovirus, which is better known by its stage name of the Winter Vomiting Bug. I am trying to understand more about how it infects and replicate so that we might be able to design drugs to stop it. Before this I studied Biochemistry at the University of Oxford, specialising in virology and immunology in the final year. I have always been fascinated by many areas of science, but particularly in how the human body works, how it can go wrong to cause disease and how things like viruses are able to hijack and manipulate our bodies for their own reproduction, causing disease in the process. Understanding all of this gives us a much better ideal of how to treat and tackle diseases and I love trying to explain this. Outside of science, I love travelling and being active in the outdoors, swimming, mountaineering and surfing.
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This year I also took part in the Cheltenham Science fair with the Society of General Microbiology, demonstrating how we harness the power of yeast in food production and in blowing up balloons!