I obtained out my undergraduate degree in Biochemistry and Genetics from the University of Sheffield. Following that I decided to try something different and did a Masters in Bioinformatics at the University of Manchester. Spending a year sitting in front of the computer made me realise how much I missed wet lab work, and I decided to pursue a PhD. I decided to come to Dundee having heard about its impressive international reputation, and a year later I know that I made the right decision! The department is an amazing place to work, due to the excellent research training and superb facilities offered. The labs in the college also have an open design, so you get to interact with many other people within your division, both scientifically and socially.
The Wellcome Trust programme, due to the first year of rotations, also gives you the rare opportunity to gain lab experience in a variety of different fields, and to then finally make an informed choice in deciding where to carry out your PhD. For my PhD I will be working in Dr Nick Leslie lab, where I did my third rotation, trying to identify novel biomarkers which will facilitate the rational selection of breast cancer patients for therapies which target the PI3K signalling pathway.