I approach topics by linking to the real world and getting to know individual students and their motivations.
I have recently completed a PhD studying how Cassava brown streak viruses cause disease. During my PhD I demonstrated undergraduate practical lessons and ran tutorial sessions on key topics. I have previously worked as a teaching assistant and managed online chatrooms where school students ask scientists questions. For me, Biology is a fascinating subject that I am keen to share with others through explaining key concepts in different ways.
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University of Bristol 2014 – 2018
PhD in Molecular Plant Virology
Funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
Supervisors: Prof. Gary Foster and Dr. Andy Bailey
Thesis: “Use of infectious clones to gain insights into Cassava brown streak virus gene functions”
Imperial College London 2008 - 2011
BSc Biological Sciences First Class Honors
Supervisor: Dr. Colin Turnbull
Thesis: “Effects of strigolactone biosynthesis and perception on nitrate deficiency root response”
• Tomlinson, K. R., Bailey, A. M., Alicai, T., Seal, S., & Foster, G. D. (2017). Cassava brown streak disease: historical timeline, current knowledge and future prospec. Mol. Plant Pathol.
• Duff-Farrier, C. R. A., Mbanzibwa, D. R., Nanyiti, S., Bunawan H., Pablo-Rodriguez J. L., Tomlinson, K. R., Alicai T., Seal S. E., Bailey A. M., Foster G. D. Pipeline for the construction of three potyviral infectious clones, which cause cassava brown streak disease (in preparation).
• Tomlinson, K. R., Bailey, A. M., Foster G. D. Visualization of in planta Cassava brown streak virus replication and movement (in preparation).
• Presented poster entitled “Manipulation of a Cassava Brown Streak Disease infectious clone for visualisation of in planta movement and symptom development” at the Advances in Plant Virology Meeting, September 2016.
• Organising committee for Bristol-Kyoto-Heidelberg ‘Plant Science in an uncertain future’ workshop, February 2017.
• Participant at the Connected Plant Virus network workshop, January 2018.
• Best Student Talk Award for presentation of PhD research at the Advances in Plant Virology Workshop, April 2018.
• Communications internship at the National Crops Resources Research Institute (Uganda), June – August 2016. Promoted research into Cassava brown streak disease through blog posts (cassavavirus.wordpress.com), stand at an agricultural trade show and assisted with setting up a monthly bulletin. Funded by British Society for Plant Pathology and Microbiology Society.
• Outreach Officer for British Society for Plant Pathology, October 2012 – September 2014. I developed educational resources for teaching about plant pathology in schools and organised outreach events, including the Leafy Murder Mystery event for the Fascination of Plants Day. I also put together and managed the Plant Doctor stand for the Bristol Festival of Nature, which attracted 7,000 visitors. I managed two outreach internship students as part of their BBSRC PIPs.
• Editorial assistant for the Science for Environment policy journal at University West of England, January – June 2013. Wrote articles for the weekly News Alert, scanning journals for relevant articles and added research papers to the research repository.
• Project Manager at Gallomanor Communications Ltd., October 2011 – December 2012. Project management of the 'I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here!' and 'I’m an Engineer, Get me out of here!' events. Involved writing and moderating online content, including blog posts. I was responsible for teacher and scientist recruitment and liaison.
• Demonstrator for first and second year undergraduate laboratory practicals on Plant Virology and Plant Disease.
• Teaching assistant at St Mary Redcliffe secondary school, July 2011.
• Plant virus detection and quantification using RT-PCR, ELISA and qPCR
• Viral infectious clone construction and verification
• Confocal microscopy fluorescence imaging
• Protein expression and bioassay analysis
• Deep-sequencing of viral RNA transcripts and variant analysis in Partek Flow
• SPSS statistical analysis
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