Pregnancy Outcome Prediction Study (POPs)
Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
I completed my degree in Forensic Biology at the University of Kent in 2010. After graduation, I continued my part time job in retail. I started a work experience placement for King’s College London (KCL) in 2012 at St Thomas’s Hospital in the Women’s health department. Initially i worked for 2 weeks with my sister Dr Carolyn Gill doing sample processing and analysing blood, urine and saliva samples for various studies. This then led to a full time open ended placement. My duties the changed to primarily collaborating with a commercial company testing a new triage meter for future clinical use. I was also involved in the IGPOP study, marketing a drink to control glucose levels in obese pregnant women.
I continued my experience with KCL at the institute of psychiatry at Denmark Hill, London. Here I worked in the Old Age Psychiatry department working on mass spectrometry. I routinely carried out protein digestions, 1D SDS gel electrophoresis experiments and data analysis.
All this knowledge and expertise led me to my current job as a research technician for the University of Cambridge at Addenbrooke’s. As a POPs technician, I carry out sample processing for various studies such as maternal DNA preparations and re-embedding placental samples. In the near future, we will be running serum samples on a Cobas analyser, testing for 5 different biomarkers.