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My research is concerned with a group of molecules called 'Membrane protein'. These proteins act as the gate keepers in all living cells. They transport nutrients, waste and information in and out of cells and allow cells to communicate with each other. They are also partly responsible for antibiotic resistance in bacteria.
I am currently writing systmeatic reviews of asthma clinical trials for the Cochrane collaboration. My background is a bit different though. For my PhD I used commercially-available chemicals to make a painkilling molecule that is found in blue-green algae. Then I went on to work on synthesising anti-cancer
drugs -- and learning about the complexities of how
drugs behave in the body. I spent a few months as a freelance editor, writer and scientific collaborator and still do this a bit on the side of my day job. I think that lots of the flashy science grabbing headlines in the papers is incredibly interesting and mind-blowing and want to help people understand the ideas and basic science behind those stories which are really exciting and sometimes cast aside as "too difficult and boring".
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