Hello, my name is Karina! I have recently graduated from UCL with a Master's in Clinical Drug Development. I also have a First Class BSc Biomedical Sciences degree from the University of Southampton. My favourite subject at school was Biology, achieving an A* at A Level. I would love to be able to share my passion for this subject with you! I offer tutoring lessons in Biology from secondary to pre-uni level, and am willing to travel within Hertfordshire and London.
"Why do I need to learn this?" - this is one of the most common questions you might overhear in a classroom. Some students struggle to find the motivation to learn something if they "don't see the point" in learning it. Having worked at a pharmaceutical company as well as in a lab, I have seen science being applied to real-life situations. I like to discuss my experience with students to connect them to the relevance of what they are learning, which can often be skipped over at school.
I like to bring things back to basics, using whiteboards and drawing pictures to understand difficult concepts. I also believe that mark schemes are one of the
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I am enthusiastic, empathetic and easy to talk to - I would love to play a part in your learning journey!
I have previous experience teaching at an Indian school in the Himalayas, educating students about British history and life in the UK. I really enjoyed this experience, and love to use my knowledge and enthusiasm to help you reach your goals and realise you're capable of more than you think!
A recent graduate of the University of Southampton with a 1st in BSc Biomedical Sciences, I am currently completing a Master of Research (MRes) in Clinical Drug Development at UCL. I have three months’ experience at a German pharmaceutical company (Mundipharma Research GmbH & Co. KG), where I was involved in clinical trial design as well as the drafting and submission of various regulatory and scientific documents. I can speak German, having travelled to Germany often and having studied it at school and during my BSc. In addition, I completed a short course in Good Clinical Practice (GCP) during my MRes, led by Siobhan Lim Consulting. One of my responsibilities at UCL includes being a course academic representative, which involves collecting feedback from coursemates and communicating it to UCL staff at student committee meetings. I am also involved with the society Medsin: Students for Global Health, which campaigns for global health and international drug development issues and runs seminars and short courses on these topics.
MASTER OF RESEARCH (MRES) CLINICAL DRUG DEVELOPMENT | 2017-2018 | UCL
Drug Discovery I (drug discovery; preclinical/clinical phases of drug development; toxicology; regulation/marketing of drugs; pharmacovigilance/post-marketing surveillance): 78%
Statistical Methods in Research (methodological aspects of health care research and understanding, reviewing and using published research): 87%
Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics (pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics and their implications for the dose rationale and evaluation of safety/efficacy of medicines in humans): 71%
Advanced Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics (personalised medicine; biomarkers in drug development/trial design; trial design and dose rationale for first-in-human, proof-of-concept trials and special populations; clinical trial simulations; dosing algorithms and prescription practice): 75%
• Clinical study report based on a “clinical trial” run by my MRes course, investigating the effects of caffeine on the pharmacodynamics of ethanol in healthy volunteers.
• Group presentation evaluating the sensitivity and specificity of a modelling software used to personalise the dose of an oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT), by taking into account certain covariate factors e.g. gender, weight.
Research project at the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead, London, with the Lipid and Membrane Biology Group under the UCL Institute for Liver and Digestive Health (Jan-Aug 2018): Exploring the role of the type II phosphatidylinositol 4-kinases (PI4KIIs) in regulation of the Wnt-PCP pathway and cell motility.
During my research project I have had the opportunity to develop a range of experimental techniques, including growth and maintenance of 2D/3D cell cultures, immunofluorescence staining, confocal microscopy, in vitro kinase assays; transformation of E.coli; plasmid preparation and transfection.
BSC BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES | 2014-2017| UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON
· First Class Honours (avg. 75%)
Third year modules:
Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience – First
Cellular and Molecular Pathology – First
Selective Toxicity – First
Molecular Pharmacology – First
Molecular and Structural Basis of Disease – Upper Second Class
Maternal, Fetal and Neonatal Physiology – First
Dissertation (The pharmacological modulation of P-glycoprotein activity by calcium-activated (KCa) and inwardly rectifying (Kir) potassium channels) – First
Second year modules:
· German Language Stage 4 (B2/C1 under the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) – First
· Flow of Genetic Information – First
· Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry – First
· Neuroscience – First
· Pharmacology A – First
· Pharmacology B – First
· Immunology, Infection and Inflammation – First
First year modules
· Cellular and Genetic Mechanisms – First
· The Molecular Basis of Life I – First
· The Molecular Basis of Life II – First
· Foundations of Physiology I – First
· Foundations of Physiology II - First
· Bioanalysis – Upper Second Class
· Chemistry for Biological Scientists I – First
· Chemistry for Biological Scientists II – First
A LEVELS | 2012-2014 | ST ALBANS GIRLS’ SCHOOL
· Biology (A*); Chemistry (B); German (B); Maths AS level (B)
GCSES | 2010-2012 | ST ALBANS GIRLS’ SCHOOL
· 10 GCSEs A*-A including Maths, English, Chemistry, Biology and Physics
· OCR Level 2 National Award in ICT (Distinction)
CLINICAL SUB-TEAM INTERN | MUNDIPHARMA RESEARCH GMBH & CO. KG, LIMBURG AN DER LAHN, GERMANY | JUNE-SEPTEMBER 2016
I was a member of the Clinical Subteam in the Medical Sciences department, where clinical trials for medical products are planned, evaluated and the results reported. My role here involved:
• Preparation of Briefing Documents for Scientific Advice Meetings.
• Support of the preparation of the Common Technical Document (CTD).
• Performed searches and summaries for relevant publications/guidelines for the CTD/Briefing Documentation/Clinical Study Programme /development of study synopsis.
• Preparation of presentations.
• Participation in the project meetings and preparation of the meeting minutes.
• Participation in a Scientific Advice Meeting for the Clinical Drug Development Programme.
• Organisational support of the project.
IMPACT TEAM MEMBER | HOLLISTER CO., BRENT CROSS | NOVEMBER 2012 – AUGUST 2014
As a member of the impact team I was responsible for maintaining merchandise flow, filling, and presentation standards throughout the store and the stockroom. My role here included:
· Greeting customers and addressing any problems or complaints raised.
· Recommending items to suit customers’ needs.
· Promoting the sale of complementary products.
· Returning misplaced items to correct stocking locations and ensuring that displays were neatly arranged and attractive.
· Replenishing sold items from stock.
VOLUNTEER NEUROLOGICAL EXERCISE ASSISTANT | YMCA HEALTH CENTRE ST ALBANS | AUGUST 2013 – JANUARY 2014
Volunteer Neurological Exercise Assistant at classes for sufferers of Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis and at the stroke rehabilitation group. My role here included:
· Ensuring all participants were comfortably seated before the session began.
· Guiding participants through the various exercises performed.
· Providing refreshments at the end of the session and talking to participants.
VOLUNTEER TEACHER AND JAM MANUFACTURER |SECMOL SCHOOL IN LEH, KASHMIR, INDIA | JULY 2013
I spent a week at SECMOL school in India, a school for local students from rural or disadvantaged backgrounds. My role here included:
· Supporting students with the management, maintenance and running of the campus, as well as assisting in the annual manufacture of apricot jam.
· Organising lessons for the students to educate them about life in England, English culture and English history.
· Course academic representative for Msc/MRes Clinical Drug Development at UCL
· German Language Level B2/C1 under the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
· UAEM certificate for completion of Access to Medicines short course
· UAEM certificate for completion of Antimicrobial Resistance short course
· Good Clinical Practice certificate (awarded by Siobhan Lim Consulting)
· UCL Medsin: Students for Global Health (Universities Allied for Essential Medicines – UAEM)
· UCL German society
· UCL European society
I have studied masters in clinical drug development with Karina and would highly recommend her to anyone in need of a tutor. She is patient and understanding as well as highely skilled in communication, organisation and team-work skills.
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