Ideally I like to have a preliminary meeting with my students and discuss what it is they wish to build on based on their current needs, I then create the lessons based around this - bringing in real-world examples so that students can apply their knowledge. I have used worksheets, powerpoint presentations and quick-fire quizzes successfully in the past, depending on the student's learning styles.
I have recently completed a PhD in cancer biology at the University of Manchester and will be starting a post doctoral scientist post at the University of Cambridge in a few months. I have a first class degree in Biochemistry and have supervised MSc students, undergraduates and work-placement students (aged 16-18). I have also tutored Biology and Chemistry at GCSE level and A level 1-1 and over Skype, both privately and with the not-for-profit company The Tutor Trust.
University of Manchester, Manchester, UK
July 2015 – June 2018
PhD Thesis Title: High throughput screening of patient specific tumour cells: Towards personalized treatment in recurrent glioblastoma multiforme.
University of Salford, Salford, UK
Sept 2010 – June 2015
BSc Biochemistry with Professional Experience (First Class Honours)
Dissertation Title: RNA interference-based target validation of NEIL3
Graduate Teaching Assistant. University College for Interdisciplinary Learning
University of Manchester, Manchester, UK
Sept 2016 – Current
• Graduate teaching assistant on the Leadership in Action unit. This module explores issues of leadership from a local, national and international perspective through a series of interactive lectures and seminars delivered by leading experts in their field
• Responsibilities include supervising group projects, conducting tutorials and providing feedback and marking assessments
Tutor, The Tutor Trust
Sept 2014 – June 2015 Manchester, UK.
• The Tutor Trust is a not-for-profit social enterprise based in Manchester aiming to reduce the attainment gap in education by providing affordable tuition to disadvantaged schools
• Provided GCSE level English, Biology and Chemistry tuition during school hours on a 1-1 basis or in small groups
Undergraduate Industrial Placement. High-throughput Screening (HTS) Centre
AstraZeneca, Alderley Edge, Cheshire UK.
Sept 2013 – Sept 2014.
• Developed and optimised a 384-well kinome-wide siRNA screen for early-phase target deconvolution within HTS
• Assisted with ongoing biochemical and cell-based screening campaigns and optimised a ‘mix and measure’ cell proliferation assay in 384-well and 1536-well format for general use in the department
Laboratory Supervisor for MRes Translational Medicine Student Sep 2017 - Current
Project Provider for Nuffield Foundation Research Placement Scheme Summer 2017
Ask For Evidence Ambassador, Sense About Science, Nationwide, UK
Oct 2015 – Current
• Advocate for the Ask for Evidence campaign
• Representing the campaign at talks around the UK and encouraging different audiences to Ask for Evidence
Chairperson. University of Salford Bioscience Society, University of Salford, Manchester.
August 2014 – July 2015
• Arrange social and academic activities for all bioscience students at the university. Ran a successful “Lab Refresher” course for Level 5 students, teaching core biochemical and microbiological techniques. We also provide help and information for students on industrial placements, further education and career opportunities
Achievements & Awards
Division of Cell Matrix Biology and Regenerative Medicine (CMB & RM) PGR Showcase 2nd Prize
John Dalton Prize Most Meritorious Student on a Biochemistry Programme
John Pryde Prize Best Final Year Performance
Salford Student Life Award Gold
CMB & RM PGR Showcase 2017, University of Manchester, UK Poster Presentation
Society for Neuro Oncology Meeting 2017, San Francisco, USA Poster Presentation
SLAS High-Content Screening Conference 2017, Madrid, Spain Oral Presentation
British Neuro Oncology Society Meeting 2017, Edinburgh, UK Oral Presentation
Doctoral Academy PGR Conference, University of Manchester, UK Oral Presentation
ELRIG Drug Discovery 2014, Manchester, UK Poster Presentation
Yu KW*, Taylor JT*, Pathmanaban ON, Youshani AS, Beyit D, Dutko-Gwozdz J, Benson R, Griffiths G, Peers I, Cueppens P, Telfer BA, Williams KJ, McBain C, Kamaly-Asl ID & Bigger BW. 2018. High content screening of patient-derived cell lines highlights the potential of non-standard chemotherapeutic agents for the treatment of glioblastoma. PLOS ONE, 2; 13(3). [*joint-first authorship]
Taylor J. & Woodcock S. 2015. A Perspective on the Future of High-Throughput RNAi Screening: Will CRISPR Cut Out the Competition or Can RNAi Help Guide the Way? Journal of Biomolecular Screening, 20(8), 1040-51
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