I graduated from Northumbria University in 2016 with a BSc in biomedical sciences. From there I did an MRes in medical sciences at Newcastle University, before beginning my PhD in 2017. I am now based in the Centre for Oral Health Research within the School of Dental Sciences, Newcastle University.
The aim of the project is to investigate the role of SIRT2 in periodontitis in cell culture models in vitro and as a diagnostic measure in vivo.
22/11/19 – North East Postgraduate Conference: eight minute oral presentation on my research to date.
18/09/19 – Best Postgraduate Poster Prize, awarded for the best postgraduate research poster displayed at the Centre for Oral Health Research (COHR) Research Day 2019.
15/08/19 – Oral and Dental Research Trust, £6400 from GSK to support research programmes into the fundamental mechanisms, prevention and management of plaque-related oral disease or tooth wear. My application proposing a project titled “Mechanisms of macrophage secretion of SIRT2, a novel candidate biomarker for periodontitis” was successful.
I chose to work in ageing due to the incredible breadth of research it encompasses, as well being vitally important in an ageing population.
My research aims to validate a candidate biomarker for periodontitis (inflammation of the tissues surrounding and supporting the teeth). Diagnosis of periodontitis is hindered by current diagnostic procedures which rely on subjective clinical observation and radiography. Establishment of a biomarker that could be utilized in a clinical setting may allow dentists to diagnose periodontitis earlier and manage treatments more effectively, which could help improve patient outcomes.
Being part of the NIHR is a great experience. The training and support provided is excellent, as is the opportunity to interact with other trainees from a variety of backgrounds.
My advice to anyone else doing their PhD would be to make the most of the opportunities to show your work and make sure you prepare in plenty of time.