Project: Sweet Enzyme Targets in Mycobacterium tuberculosis
Supervisor: Dr Steph Bornemann
At school I enjoyed science and I especially liked seeing how the different scientific disciplines linked together. This led me to study an MSci Joint Honours Biology and Chemistry course at Durham University. During my studies I learnt about the practical side of scientific research through summer placements at the University of London and finally my Masters project. These experiences encouraged me to continue in academia and apply for a PhD.
I was drawn to this project as it sits at the interface of biology and chemistry, as well as contributing to a worthy cause. It is also a CASE studentship with Medical Research Council Technology, which will allow me to gain some valuable industrial experience over the course of my studies. I like the specialised training the DTP programme offers, which helps to develop transferable skills that will be very useful in both academic and industrial settings.
During my PhD I will be able to draw on the wealth of expertise offered both at the John Innes Centre and at my industrial partner to enable me to become a well-rounded scientist.