Heather is a third-year DPhil student on the Interdisciplinary Bioscience DTP programme. Previously, she studied Biochemistry with a Year in Research, at Imperial College London which involved a year placement studying the genetic basis of primary lymphedema at St George’s University. Once at Oxford, she undertook both of her two rotations in the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology; firstly with Dr Eva Gluenz, studying the flagellar proteome of Leishmania mexicana, and the second with Professor Conrad Nieduszynski, developing methods to probe chromatin structure. She chose to continue pursuing the latter as her DPhil project, in the context of DNA replication in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Her research interests focus around understanding the stochastic or non-stochastic nature of protein loading on to DNA in the initial steps of DNA replication.
Beyond her research, Heather has competed in the Biotechnology Young Entrepreneurs Scheme (YES) competition 2018, has led the Dunn School Graduate Student Association and has demonstrated for Bacteriology undergraduate modules and Programming and Bioinformatics graduate modules. In addition, she writes for the departmental news desk, participates in lab public engagement activities, learns Scottish Country dancing and plays violin with the Ozymandias String Quartet.
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