I believe that the key to understanding any subject is simplification. I approach any topic by breaking it down to its key components, explaining them individually and helping the student understand how they follow on from each other. I provide an extensive amount of reading materials and introduce my students to the most novel research.
I am a recent graduate of Imperial College London where I studied MSc Neuroscience (graduated with a Distinction), having previously achieved a First Class Honours degree in Medical Neuroscience from the University of Sussex. My undergraduate degree provided me with a solid foundation of knowledge of cell and molecular biology, anatomy and more specialised topics, such as cancer biology. I developed this knowledge further during my Masters degree and also completed a six-month research project which provided me with strong laboratory skills (including, but not limited to, stem cell differentiation, cell cultures, in vivo animal work, immunohistochemistry and Western blotting).
I feel confident in giving lessons in any Neuroscience-related discipline, including Biology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, as well as lessons in A-Level and GCSE Science subjects.
Cost of travel varies depending on the location I need to travel to.
Imperial College London - October 2016-October 2017
MSc Translational Neuroscience
• Gradated with a Distinction
The course was broken down into the following components:
• Six months of lectures covering many aspects of cellular and molecular biology, neurodegenerative diseases and the development of new therapeutic approaches.
• A six-month research project commencing in March 2016, followed by a 15,000 word dissertation. I completed a project under the supervision of Dr Simone Di Giovanni focused on investigating the role of NOX2 complex signaling and oxidative stress in mediating axonal regeneration after spinal cord injury. The laboratory techniques I used include Western Blot, BCA assays, Immunohistochemistry, tissue preservation and cryostating, preparation of primary and secondary cell cultures, extraction and differentiation of bone marrow stem cells, measuring neurite outgrowth ex vivo and in vivo animal work (including behavioural tests).
Other projects completed during the degree:
• Immunohistochemical detection of α-synuclein in the Parkinson’s brain and its grading according to the Braak staging system. This experiment involved staining human brain slices from Parkinson’s disease patients for the presence of α-synuclein and determining the advancement of the disease in accordance with Braak’s staging system.
University of Sussex - 2013-2016
BSc Medical Neuroscience
• Awarded a first class honours degree (72.00%)
• Third year module results: Life sciences research project (77%), Neuronal Transduction and Transmission (69%), Neuronal Plasticity and Gene Regulation (75%), Cell Signalling and its Applications in Therapeutics and Disease (74%), Endocrinology and Disease (78%), Molecular Pharmacology (71%), Post Transcriptional Control of Gene Expression (72%)
• Demonstrated research abilities and critical appraisal skills by producing a 10,000 word dissertation entitled “The epigenetics of memory”
• Achieved a 1st class grade for oral presentations and laboratory work throughout the degree
• Worked effectively in lab based groups under the supervision of PhD students and enhanced critical analysis and presentation skills through participation in weekly Journal club meetings and guest seminars
Shooters Hill Post-16 Campus - 2011-2013
A-levels in Biology, Chemistry, English Literature and Psychology (AS only)
Bexleyheath Academy - 2010-2011
GCSEs: English Literature (A), English Language (B), Mathematics (B), Applied Science (B), Music (C), Religious Education (C)
Fundraiser – Imperial Telethon campaign February- April 2017
• I participated in a telephone fundraising campaign aimed at securing donations from high value alumni of Imperial College London. During the campaign I successfully raised £40,000. The position required excellent communication skills and a confident telephone manner.
Newspaper Science Editor – The Badger 2015-2016
• Editing and writing articles to a high standard and within short deadlines
• Selecting the stories to be included in every publication
• Assigning working titles and stories to our writers
• Cooperating with other members of the editorial team and attending regular editorial meetings
• Using specialised programs, such as InDesign, to edit the newspaper’s science section
Logistics assistant – Think Productive June - August 2015
Employer: Think Productive, 174 Church Rd, Hove BN3 2DJ
• Overseeing the running of workshops and seminars
• Cooperating with employees, partners and answering client calls
• Issuing invoices and filling in various documentation
• Organising an international away week for all of the company’s employees
• Monitoring and summarising all expenditure and compelling a comprehensive report
• Completing any additional administrative tasks and make sure all logistics requests from clients have been answered
• Attending practical workshops offered by Think Productive, including ‘Email Etiquette’, ‘Stress Less, Achieve More’, ‘How to be a Productivity Ninja’ that teach various techniques for improving time management and productivity at the work place.
President of the Bulgarian society - University of Sussex 2015-2016
• I was in charge of organising a meeting for the society’s members each week, which ranged from traditional Bulgarian dinners to dance classes.
• Recruited other members, including social secretary and a treasurer.
• Organised language classes and meetings to help people from different nationalities to learn about the Bulgarian culture and language.
Member of the Societies Committee - University of Sussex 2015-2016
• I represented all Culture and Language societies across the university in front of the university’s Student’s Union
• I was part of the decision making process for the distribution of university funding, approval of societies and events and the allocation of annual university awards (such as the Student Awards).
• I attended formal meetings every week and also had the chance to chair several of them
Hospital volunteer - Queen Elizabeth Hospital, London January - November 2012
• Serving meals to patients and feeding them
• Keeping patients company, taking blood sugar levels, helping with non-nursing duties and attending doctor’s visitations.
During my time at Shooters Hill I also obtained a Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award.
KEY SKILLS AND COMPETENCES
• Technical laboratory skills: Western Blot, preparation of primary and secondary cultures, Immunohistochemistry, Cytoplasmic and nuclear protein extraction, BCA assay, Extraction and differentiation of bone marrow stem cells.
• Proficient in all Microsoft Office Programs, NeuronJ, GeneSys, InDesign.
• I am fluent in Bulgarian and speak intermediate Russian.
Memberships: I am a member of the British Neuroscience Association and the Oxleas Foundation Trust.
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