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Hello, I’m Taylor and I hope you’ll choose me as your tutor! I am currently awaiting my PhD examination at the University of Cambridge. My PhD project was on HPV, and I’m happy to discuss it further if you’re interested! I graduated from the University of Lancaster top of my year with a first class integrated masters degree in Biomedicine. Prior to that I studied History, Biology and Chemistry at A level (A*A*B) and received 10 A*s and one A at GCSE. I have taught lab techniques to students during my PhD and taught in practical classes in the final year of my undergraduate degree. I have also been a gymnastics coach for which I received a professional qualification. I have also presented my research at national and international conferences. I’m happy to tutor Biology or similar life sciences up to degree levels, and would be happy to tutor other areas in which I have reasonable qualifications. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch! I am based near Manchester but can also tutor in London.
PhD Virology – University of Cambridge
2015 – 2019
- Project examines the precise mechanisms of early papillomavirus lesion formation.
- Delivered oral presentations at both national and international conferences.
- Hold an elected position of graduate representative on the International Papillomavirus Society Board.
MSci Biomedicine: First class honours – Lancaster University 2011 – 2015
- Attained the Award for Academic Excellence for achieving the highest grade in my final year cohort.
- Received a first class in all four years of my degree.
- Data from Master’s thesis contributed to a publication from my lab.
LEADERSHIP AND ACTIVITIES
Board of Directors Graduate Member - International Papillomavirus Society 2018-2020
- Sit on the Endorsement, Membership, and Education Committees. Also sit on the Advocacy and
Campaign Committee, the main focus of which is organising the global HPV Awareness Day each
year. As a BoD member, I am also involved in the redrafting of Policy statements made by the IPVS.
- Collaborated with congress team on projects for the IPVS Conference 2018 (Sydney, 1298 attendees).
- Strategised for events tailored to over 200 Early Career Researcher (ECR) attendees.
Team Member – Cambridge Consulting Network Flagship Project 2019
- Literature review and research for investment strategy funding clinical research into novel treatment.
- Successfully delivered business plan to the client, which was a charity aiming to fund OCD research.
Team Member – Cambridge Medical i-Teams 2018-2019
- Conducted research into best development strategy for ovarian cancer screening detection method.
- Investigated market entry strategies and researched which device would have best patient uptake.
MCR President - Jesus College MCR Committee 2017-2018
- Lead a team of 16 executive members in managing the community of over 450 graduate students.
- Worked with my committee Treasurer to allocate and manage an annual budget of £15,535.
- Represented graduates on a multiplicity of committees with students and staff of varying seniority.
- Pioneered new concept “ReFreshers” as a direct result of surveys conducted by my committee.
Social Officer - Jesus College MCR Committee 2016-2017
- Planned and promoted various events throughout the year for our diverse graduate community.
- Experienced in reaching out to and communicating with external bodies.
- Managed a budget of £8,900 allocated specifically for entertainment and Freshers Fortnight.
Fresher Representative - Jesus College MCR Committee 2015-2016
- Communicated interests of new graduate students to the committee during meetings.
- Took initiative to organise a day trip away, going above and beyond requirements of the role.
Women’s Second Boat Rower - Jesus College Boat Club 2015-2018
- Rowed competitively with the College Boat Club for three years, fostering a supportive team attitude.
- Our crew became the most successful women’s second boat in the history of intercollegiate rowing.
Exam Invigilator - Department of Pathology/Jesus College, University of Cambridge 2017-2019
- Supervised timed examinations of up to 98 undergraduate students.
Lab Demonstrator - Biological and Life Sciences Department, Lancaster University 2014-2015
- Taught during practical classes for undergraduate and graduate students. Class sizes of 30-80 students.
- Marked undergraduate coursework and provided constructive feedback when appropriate.
Student Ambassador - UK Student Recruitment and Outreach, Lancaster University 2014-2015
- Worked on two Summer School Outreach Residentials, encouraging involvement in higher education.
- Delivered workshop sessions to visiting college students on team-building and communication.
- Conducted campus tours for groups of 4-20 people.
Tour Guide - Lancaster University 2011-2015
- Retained on part-time staff for four years, building an excellent reputation with my employers.
- Frequently delivered a 20-minute presentation to all visitors (50-100 people).
- Worked with a focus group to improve our presentation to have wider appeal and up to date content.
Kitchen Staff - The Old Original, Saddleworth 2009-2011
- Operated under high pressure and as a team to meet demand in a fast-paced working environment.
- Part time job whilst studying for my AS and A-Levels.
University of Tübingen, Institute of Pathology and Neuropathology (October 2019) Invited Speaker
50th DNA Tumour Virus Meeting (July 2019) MmuPV1 E6 expression leads to high basal cell density and preferential persistence of infected cells in the basal layer during early lesion formation. T. Saunders-Wood, N. Egawa, J. Doorbar.
32nd International Papillomavirus Conference (October 2018). Understanding papillomavirus lesion formation: viral proteins and the microenvironment. T. Saunders-Wood, N. Egawa, J. Doorbar.
Jesus College Graduate Conference (March 2018). Early lesion formation in papillomavirus infection. T. Saunders-Wood, J. Doorbar.
HPVUK (November 2016). HPV11 (Low-Risk) E6 directs p53 degradation in confluent keratinocytes and acts to sustain episomal copy number. T. Saunders-Wood, I. Murakami, N. Egawa, J. Doorbar.
Liu, W, Li, Y., Jalewa, J, Saunders-Wood, T, Li, L & Hölscher, C. (2015) Neuroprotective effects of an oxyntomodulin analogue in the MPTP mouse model of Parkinson’s disease Eur. J. Pharmacol. 765:284-290.
I lived next door to Taylor at University, and, as we both studied Biomedical Science, she soon became one of my closest friends. Within days of knowing Taylor I soon realised how incredibly conscientious and intelligent she is. Through being lecture buddies and lab partners, Taylor helped me constantly throughout my degree, and believe that eventually she aided me to achieve my 2:1. Taylor is unique in her teaching style, and can make learning a truly enjoyable experience. She has a refreshingly unique view of the world which can be seen in her study technique; incorporating mind maps, colourful drawings and flashcards. I would wholeheartedly recommend Taylor as a tutor, and believe she can engage, enthuse and motivate any student to success.
I am very happy to give Taylor a recommendation as a Biology tutor. She has an extensive background in biology having recently completed a PhD at the University of Cambridge in virology. She has presented lectures to audiences throughout the world, those that I have seen have been very insightful and engaging. She is a very patient, thoughtful and likable person making for an excellent tutor.
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