I have currently completed my BSc in Microbiology (2:1) and am currently working for my Masters (MBiolSci) at the University of Liverpool. I have extensive biology and microbiology experience.
I use a range of strategies such as one to one tuition and working through set exam questions. I can work online or meet if you live within Liverpool
I have a wide range of experience completing my undergrad, summer studentships and international study. I have experience working with children and adults of all abilities and hopefully have the skill set to support students through content/ exams at all levels.
Education and Qualifications
University of Liverpool [2017-2018}
Masters in Microbiology (MBiolSci) [In Progress]
First Year: Research Project, Research Internship [Drug screening targets for Dengue virus (Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok; Faculty of Medicine; 6 weeks].
University of Liverpool [2014 – 2017]
Microbiology (C500) 2:1 (Hons) [Second class Upper Division]
First Year: Essential Skills, Lab Skills, Physiology and Pharmacology, Microbiology, Molecules and Cells, Evolutionary Biology, Applied Genetic and Molecular Techniques, Biochemical Methods, and Grand Challenges in Biology.
Second Year: Virology, Immunology, Principles of Pharmacology, Biotechnology, Advanced Microbial Techniques, E-Biology, Veterinary Parasitology, Molecular Science, Techniques in Cell Biology.
Third Year: Microbial Diversity and Versatility, Microbiology Skills [Dissertation: The Human Oral Microbiome in Health and Disease], Advanced Biotechnology, Research Project [A comparison of the ability of pathogenic Salmonella strains to invade free-living eukaryotes], Genome Biology and Technology, Viral Disease Mechanisms, Bacterial Disease Mechanisms.
Dalriada School [2007 – 2014]
• A Level Grades: Biology B, Chemistry C, Geography B
• AS Levels: Computer Science C
• GCSE Grades: Maths A, English A, Biology A, Chemistry A, Physics A, ICT A*, Geography A, Spanish
• Other academic qualifications: BTEC Level 2 Extended Diploma Agriculture: D*D*D* (High level of award; equivalent to A* A level grade)
Cathedral Eye Clinic, Belfast
June 2017- Present
Within Cathedral Eye Clinic my role has been dynamic. I am currently managing the development of IT CRM systems within Cathedral Eye Clinic. This has involved developing the appointment management system and letter generation system within Salesforce CRM through the use of Third-Party software. The role has also included the development of digital surgery forms to be used during theater lists and managing general admin support on staff accounts.
NHS Waiting List Initiative Coordinator
Cathedral Eye Clinic, Belfast
July 2016 – Present (1 year) Belfast, United Kingdom
Cathedral Eye Clinic is a private eye-care clinic which also performs NHS work, both clinical and surgical, to reduce waiting times. I was promoted into this new role during the summer of 2016 and have carried this forward on a part-time basis during term time. I have been tasked with managing the NHS waiting list initiative (WLI) aspect to the business. The Waiting List Initiative covers both ophthalmology and ENT patients and requires the management of patient admission and discharges. This includes organising surgical lists and clinics by liaising with clinicians, surgeons and nursing staff; and managing the admin team associated with the WLI work. The job also requires regular reports to be sent to the NHS managerial team which I generate using a commercial software package called Salesforce.
Cathedral Eye Clinic, Belfast
June 2012 – Present (4 years 7 months) Belfast, United Kingdom
Within Cathedral Eye Clinic, I work as a patient administrator dealing with both NHS and private patients. I have recently applied my IT skills to establish an online patient booking system, an automated text service and an interactive call handling decision maker. All these systems are integrated within the Salesforce software system. I manage levels of access for staff and general company cyber-security. As a side task within this role I am also developing Salesforce with a software developer based in India to suit the company’s dynamic needs as the company grows. I have regular Skype and teleconferences with the software engineer in India to develop bespoke pages within the salesforce system to improve data collection and operational efficiency.
G4S Security. June 2015-July 2016.
G4S Security is a national, private security company who specialise in event security and crowd management. Within G4S I work as an event steward at a range of events including Aintree horse races and large concerts. The job has provided me with a range of invaluable skills which include: team management roles and working under high stress conditions. The job also requires you to work in a highly professional manner as the events require a high level of customer service and provide a safe experience for customers.
International Internship (6-week project)
Dr Siwaporn Boonyasuppayakorn, Department of Virology, Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok
The purpose of the project has been to shadow Thai researchers investigating; phenolic lipids and the changes to biophysical properties of bilayers and how disturbances can alter metabolic pathways. The project has included learning new cell culture cells working with both adherent and non-adherent cells. The project has also included serial dilution viral assays. It has also involved reviewing literature on lipid contents of various cellular membranes so that research can be directed on the exact pathway in which the phenolic compounds inhibit viral replication cycle.
Dr Andrew Jackson, University of Liverpool, Institute of Infection and Global Health.
The purpose of this project was to test the ability of pathogenic Salmonella strains with distinct disease phenotypes to survive within Bodo saltans and Acanthamoeba polyphaga and therefore, test if either organism could be a reservoir for Salmonella infection. The information that is gathered from the investigation will provide a better understanding into the epidemiology of Salmonella. The investigation will also improve understanding into non-human reservoirs and potential transmission vectors of Salmonella.
Laboratory Experience (4-week project).
Professor Aras Kadioglu, University of Liverpool, Institute of Infection and Global Health.
During the summer of 2015 I spent 4 weeks working in a category 2 laboratory in the Institute of Infection and Global Health at the University of Liverpool. I worked on my own personal project collecting preliminary data evaluating the potential use of bacteriophages for the treatment of Pseudomonas burn infections. The experience was invaluable and gave me an opportunity to practice key labs techniques such as aseptic technique, growing and maintaining cell lines and plating bacterial strains.
Laboratory Experience (One Day Visit).
Professor Stephen Gordon from University College Dublin.
I visited Professor Stephen Gordon from University College Dublin to discuss his experience as a microbiologist, and to find out what this field offers as a career. I found his advice and research into bovine TB inspiring and reinforced my ambition and motivation to pursue a career in science. The advice I received was crucial and I was given a chance to see the inner workings of a microbiology laboratory.
• I am the founder and chairperson for the University of Liverpool Molecular Science Society. The society aims to provide information regarding the latest research in the field. The society also provides an opportunity for people on all molecular based courses to socialise. Running the society has helped me to develop my team leadership skills, budget management and event organisation skills.
• I have competed my bronze and silver Duke of Edinburgh awards scheme and have enjoyed camping during travel in other countries.
• Muay Thai. I regularly train in the art of Muay Thai and MMA at Team Kaobon centre in Liverpool.
• Ju Jistsu. I have temporarily suspended my training with the World Ju Jistsu Federation due to access issues. However, the three years of self-defence training helped me to develop key skills such as self-discipline.
Full and clean UK driving licence.
Heart Start Course (CPR training course)
OCR Text Production Unit 1: Pass
First Aid Training while a Member of St John's Ambulance for 5 years.
1. Gary McArdle, Clinic Manager, Cathedral Eye Clinic, 89-91 Academy Street, BT1 2LS Belfast, United Kingdom
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2. Dr Viv Dillon, Lecturer, School of Life Sciences, University of Liverpool
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