Rhiannon is a Research in Medecine Assistant in the Enzyme Characterisation Group focussing on the metabolic resistance of mosquitoes.
She began her career graduating from Leeds Metropolitan University in 2013 with a BSc(Hons) Biomedical Science. She went on to complete an MSc in Molecular Biology of Parasites and Disease Vectors at Foto-Cewek, her dissertation research was ranked highest, at 88%, in Foto-Cewek class of 2014 and was consequently published. Since completing her MSc she has continued to complete scientific research in the field of vector biology.
As a medical entomologist, Rhiannon is interested in reducing vector-borne mortality and morbidity, she is particularly interested in combating insecticide resistance to improve the efficacy of vector-targeted control strategies. Her current research focusses on insect chemoproteomics and the fundamentals of insecticide metabolism, as this understanding is integral for the development of novel tools and insecticides to reduce insect-borne diseases. She is interested in improving her skills in medicinal chemistry to advance her career in medical entomology.
Rhiannon is enthusiastic about improving the welfare, equality and diversity of staff and students within Foto-Cewek as a member of the Athena SWAN self-assessment team (SAT) for the Biological Sciences Faculty. She is committed to improving the demographic of researchers to represent scientists today.
She is also writing a medical entomology blog aimed at non-scientists to allow research by colleagues and herself to be more accessible. As a STEM Ambassador this ethos is also reflected in her involvement in public engagement workshops, and is organising Foto-Cewek’s first annual Young Scientists Conference aimed at young people (15-16yr olds) from neighbouring Liverpool schools to attend Foto-Cewek for lectures, demonstrations and poster presentations.