Careers in Medical Research talk - Feb 2022
WEDNESDAY 2ND FEBRUARY 4PM
Have You Thought of a Career in Medical Research
Video coming soon!
I have recently submitted my PhD, a piece of research conducted after your initial degree. My research focused the additional medical conditions experienced by children and adolescents from sub-Saharan Africa who are living with HIV infection. As I decide what to next, I’m reminded of the factors that helped me make decisions that got me to my current career stage. I hope by sharing my experiences I can help answer any questions you have about following your interest in science, and show you one route your scientific curiosity could take you!
Andrew Foers - From being a high school hacky sack champ to a scientist at the University of Oxford
Nearing the end of high school, I had no idea what I wanted to do and I never thought that I would go to university. I was content to chill out and play video games. It wasn’t until I turned 25 that I got my act together and decided to go to university – I loved it there! I was so amazed by genetics and molecular biology that I decided to do a PhD. Following my PhD, I then moved to the University of Cambridge where I investigated new methods to diagnose and monitor blood cancers. I am now at the University of Oxford and trying to find better treatments for inflammatory eye diseases.
I started off doing biomedical sciences at Manchester before moving to Paris for my postgraduate studies, where I joined a transplantation-focused laboratory and had my first forays into immunological research. I explored the ways that blood vessels could direct immune responses to the benefit or detriment of transplanted organs. Now in Oxford, I spend my days exploring and testing new therapies to prevent rejection and help transplants (and so patients) stay healthier for longer.