I graduated in 2017 with a first class honours degree in Genetics from Swansea University. This is where I first discovered my enthusiasm for research, after conducting several research projects in human immunology. I decided to pursue my love of research by carrying out a PhD at Newcastle University. The project has both an immunological basis and also a large focus on regenerative medicine and is supervised by Professor Andrew Fisher, Professor Simi Ali and Dr Bill Scott.
My research, starting in October 2017, is focused on developing a cell-based therapy that can be applied during ex vivo lung perfusion (EVLP) to aid the reconditioning of donor lungs and also to protect against the chance of primary graft dysfunction. This will allow for the expansion of the donor pool and for more successful lung transplants to occur. To develop this cell therapy I will be using the very promising human amniotic epithelial cells isolated from the placental membrane, which have multipotent and immunoregulatory properties.