Senior Research Technician
Pregnancy Outcome Prediction Study (POPs)
Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
I graduated with a BSc in Cell and Molecular Biology from Kingston University in 1992 and have worked within the Cambridge area ever since. I began my research in the field of plant sciences as a Research Technician at both BBSRC Brooms Barn and then Advanced Technologies (Cambridge) Ltd. performing plant tissue culture, sequencing and PCR based analysis using RAPD, RFLP, AFLP and cDNA-AFLP techniques.
I then transferred my skills from plants to the field of Pharmacogenomics as a Staff Scientist at DNA Sciences Ltd, where I was responsible for sample DNA purification, PCR/RFLP analysis and reports according to GLP.
In 2003 I moved to Genus Plc, based in the Department of Pathology, combining a Research Technician role in the lab (Sequencing and SNP discovery) and a Studentship Coordinator role, where I organised their annual student conference here in Cambridge, for three years.
In 2006 I joined the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology as a Research Technician performing Immunohistochemistry, cell isolation, culture and PCR techniques. In 2008 I became Senior Research Technician on the Pregnancy Outcome Prediction Study (POPs) where i manage a team of technicians and coordinated the successful collection of around 230,000 high quality samples for the study’s Tissue Biobank. The analysis phase of these samples has now begun and I liaise with fellow researchers with the Department and the University on the use of these samples in a number of pregnancy related projects.