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Lien Davidson

BSc (Hons), MSc

DPhil Student

  • Associate Fellow, Higher Education Academy
  • Junior Dean, Trinity College Oxford

I am a full time DPhil student and Clarendon Scholar in the Nuffield Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Institute of Reproductive Sciences under the supervision of Dr Kevin Coward. My project focuses on developing the use of infra-red laser technology as a research tool in the reproductive sciences and is in collaboration with Research Instruments Ltd.

I currently hold the position of Trinity College Junior Dean and am a College Peer Supporter with the University Counselling Service. During my DPhil, I have held the positions of Trinity College graduate student Welfare Officer and MCR committee Vice President.

Prior to beginning my DPhil, I completed a BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry at Carleton University, Canada, and an MSc in Clinical Embryology (with Distinction) at the University of Oxford.

Selected Graduate level AWARDs

2016 - Graduate Scholar Award. For outstanding academic work in 2015/2016.

2016 - Sir Alec Turnbull Scholarship.  

2016 - Three Minute Thesis Winner. Winner of the Medical Sciences Division and runner-up at the University of Oxford Final

2016 - Rosetrees Trust research grant. Co-wrote and obtained a seed-corn funding research grant with Mrs Celine Jones and Dr Kevin Coward.

2015 - Trinity College Graduate Scholarship. For performing at a Distinction level during the first year of the DPhil.

2015 - NDOG Research Poster Award. Second place poster award at the Nuffield Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Oxford Away Day

2015 - Research Poster Award. Top postgraduate research poster at Trinity College.

2014 - Clarendon Scholarship.  A fully-funded Oxford Medical Sciences Graduate Student Scholarship to undertake a DPhil.

2014 - Trinity College Academic Prize. For obtaining a Distinction level degree in the Oxford MSc in Clinical Embryology.

Selected undergraduate level awards

2013 - Senate Medal for Outstanding Academic Achievement. Awarded to the top 3% of graduating students in the Faculty of Science at Carleton University.

2013 - Director's Award in Biochemistry. For the most distinguished BSc Honours Thesis in the Institute of Biochemistry at Carleton University.

2009-2013 - Dean's Honour. For maintaining an overall first-class honours level GPA in each academic year.

2012, 2013 - Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation Studentship. Summer research studentship awarded based on academic excellence.

2011 - Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Research Award. Undergraduate research studentship based on academic excellence.

2010 - Dean's Summer Research Studentship. Research studentship awarded to the top ten first-year undergraduate students in the Faculty of Science at Carleton University to undertake a summer research project.

2009 - E.W.R Steacie Scholarship. Fully funded undergraduate scholarship to attend Carleton University. Successfully secured over 4 years by maintaining a first-class honours GPA each year.

Think big with nanoparticles.

Davidson LM. and Coward, K. (2016), The Biologist, 63(4):24-27

Beam me up baby: Exploring the uses of lasers in assisted reproductive technology

Davidson LM. et al, (2015), InFocus, June.


Development of nanoparticle-mediated delivery tools to investigate the role of molecular genetic mechanisms underlying male infertility.

Davidson LM. et al, (2015), Science Advances Today, (1):25210


Photo credit: Zachary Domach for the MSc in Clinical Embryology