Reason for joining
After two years of working in a small start-up I was ready to return to academia and further develop my scientific skills and thinking. The EVIDENCE programme allows me to combine my engineering and cell culture backgrounds to possibly impact public health and increase the quality of live for those affected with blood disorders. The international collaboration opportunities and the multidisciplinary research being carried out as part of the programme were also key aspects in my decision to join EVIDENCE. The University of Bristol and Prof. Ashley Toye's group have excellent conditions and equipment, as well as an amazing environment to do my doctorate degree.
The purpose of my PhD is to understand erythrocyte's properties and viability by studying the physical, cellular, and molecular effects of shear stress and deformation, and explore how the resulting cytoskeletal modifications might contribute to reticulocyte maturation. Key techniques include CRISPR, microfluidics and imaging. In being part of the EVIDENCE Innovative Training Network, I am looking forward to collaborating with the other partners and ESRs.