Background

I completed my MMath degree at Newcastle University in 2016. A summer project collecting data on the movement of stem cells gave me an introduction to mathematical biology, leading to my Masters dissertation and then a PhD position to model the properties of stem cells.

During my PhD I worked with both mathematicians and biologists with the aim of using maths to deepen our understanding of stem cell behaviours and optimise current experiments. My PhD was inherently interdisciplinary and gave me the opportunity to present to a variety of audiences – from the STEM for Britain awards in the Houses of Parliament in my first year, to the Smith Institute’s industry focussed Take Aim competition in my final year!

In my Research Associate position I am focusing on modelling the spread of tree disease through UK forests – a huge ecological problem with great economic and environmental impact. I am using a combination of agent-based models, statistical inference and differential equations to explore how disease spreads and how it could be stopped.

I am passionate about making mathematics accessible to non-mathematicians, having written an interdisciplinary book chapter and a review paper aimed at bridging the gap between experiments and theory and making mathematics meaningful for readers without mathematical background.

I take an active interest in Widening Participation, fair access and mathematics outreach, teaching at Newcastle University’s Partners Summer School, speaking at the annual WISDOM (women in science) event and working as a STEM Ambassador.