I aim to tutor GCSE and A-Level students in biology. My teaching method is a personal approach to adapt to the student, but I have found students are more likely to remember something if they truly understand it. Therefore I prefer to create easy to follow lesson plans starting with brief introductory exercises, followed up with more detailed explanations and assess the student's comfortability with a topic by doing mini-quizzes and to have students explain a concept back to me in their own words.
I am a masters student at the Liverpool School of Tropical medicine specialising in tropical disease and genetics. I received a 1st degree from my undergraduate and a merit for a previous masters. I have mentored younger students during my undergraduate degree in a practical, lab, and theoretical settings.
I have completed a Masters degree at the University of Liverpool studying Advanced Biological Sciences MSc, for which I received a merit. I have graduated from Liverpool John Moores University with a First Class Honours degree in Biology, from the School of Natural Sciences and Psychology. Last year I published a paper examining sea anemone genes. I am currently enrolled in the Tropical Disease Biology master at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine in order to improve my skills in this area.
Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (September 2020 to September 2021)
• MSc Topical disease Biology
• Research project will characterise the virome of UK mosquitoes
University of Liverpool (September 2016 to September 2017)
• MSc Advance Biological Sciences – Merit
• Research project- Investigating the effect of drought on soil dwelling protozoa.
• Including modules which I believe will lead on well to this PhD: Bioinformatics for life sciences and Evolution and behavior, Advanced Topics in Viral Disease Mechanisms
• Supervisor -Dr R Whitlock
Liverpool John Moores University (September 2013 to June 2016)
• Bachelor of Sciences in Biology -1st class with honors
• Bachelors research project - ¬¬Population genetics of Simulium blackflies in Uganda. This used microsatellites to identify relatedness of blackflies and their travel between breeding sites over the country to track the flies, as they are vectors for Onchocerciasis (river blindness).
• Relevant modules: Genetics, Genes and genomes
• Supervisor- Dr C Wilding
Work Experience and Achievements
Paper on Sea anemones (2018-ongoing)
• I am currently working on a paper with my undergraduate supervisor Dr Wilding from Liverpool John Moors University. The paper contains the novel genome of the beadlet anemone (Actinia equina). I am working on identifying if the A. equina genome contains genes commonly associated with Meiosis. There are no obvious gonads to suggest sexual reproduction and no observational evidence, however many other in the genus are capable of sexual reproduction.
• During this work I have learnt how to use Standalone BLAST
Measuring shark scales (2018-ongoing)
• I am currently working with a lecturer at the University of Leicester. The larger project is examining water drag in sharks, both modern and prehistoric. My part of this involved measuring the riblets (bumps) of shark scales.
• During this I have learnt how to use Image J
Assisted in lab work outside of term time for over three months (2015).
• I assisted my undergraduate supervisor (Dr wilding) in his research on Simulium Blackflies movement patterns. This work was in cooperation with the Ugandan Government as it concerned the control of the disease Onchocerciasis which the Simulium blackflies carry and spread.
• My involvement was using microsatellites to identifying genetic relatedness between several populations of blackfly around northern Uganda to identify which breeding sites were interacting with one another and therefore the flies’ movement over the country, part of which became my undergraduate research project.
I have experience using two statistic programs:
• R: R studio
I have experience in using many computer programs and bioinformatic programs developed during my undergraduate, postgraduate degree and extra projects:
• Structure harvester
• Peakscanner v1.0
• Muscle • Modeller
• Image J
• Stand alone BLAST
I have experience in many lab techniques and procedures, developed and used in my undergraduate degree/project and my post graduate degree/project:
• DNA extraction
• Setting up and running PCRs
• Making agarose gel
• Setting up and running electrophoresis
• Using a UV camera
• Cloning a gene into a plasmid
• Heat shocking a plasmid into bacteria
• Growing cultures on agar
• Dissection of insects and mammals
• Microscopy; dissection microscope, light microscope and inverted light microscope –including preparing slides
• Using a centrifuge
• Culturing protozoa
• Isolating protozoa
• Maintaining healthy clonal colonies of protozoa for an extended period of time
• Sanger sequencing
• Measuring cell size using a microscope
• Working with blood and fecal samples to look for parasites
• During my Masters research project I was part of a larger research group and developed my skills for group work
• During many assignments in my undergraduate and postgraduate I worked in groups
• During my undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, I have done many presentations as well as during interviews
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