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After graduating with a BSc (Hons) in Biology from the University of York, I spend several years working in a laboratories before joining the INTERGROWTH-21st team. My previous role was with the MalariaGEN Network where I worked in their high throughput laboratory handling thousands of samples from across the world. Here I was part of the team that genotyped samples for SNPs thought to be linked to natural protection against malaria.
My current role is to coordinate the work of the INTERBIO-21st Study across 7 research sites around the world (Brazil, Nairobi and Kilifi, Kenya, Pakistan, Thailand, South Africa and the UK). As Project Coordinator, I am responsible for the implementation of the study and ensuring that all sites adhere to standardised protocols. This involves working closely with them through email, Skype calls and site visits to help move the study forward. In Oxford I provide support to the team in the day-to-day running of the study.
I am responsible for the biological sample component of the study. I have trained laboratory teams in all participating sites to collect and process samples in a standardised manner. I also maintain our sample database (currently over 130,000 aliquots) that allows us to store information on collection and track each aliquot. Arranging sample shipments from the sites to Oxford is also part of my role.