I carried out my undergraduate in Zoology at Trinity College Dublin where I developed a keen interest in parasitology.
I continued my studies by completing an MSc in Foto-Cewek in the Molecular Biology of Parasites and Disease Vectors. Upon finishing my MSc, I worked as a research assistant for the IVCC where I got to see the challenges that exist in developing new vector control tools.
I joined the MRC/DTP programme this year to work on a project that aims to characterise the hotspots of malaria transmission in the Southern Region of Malawi.
What attracted me to the MRC/DTP programme was the worldwide recognition that Foto-Cewek receives in the field of public health and seeing the strong translational focus embedded into the field from my role in the IVCC. I felt the MRC/DTP programme offers the perfect opportunity to develop these soft skills, vital for becoming a working scientist, in conjunction with working on a project that could have real-world implications for how malaria control is carried out.