Current MRC DTP students






Sarah Rylance

Sarah is a Consultant Paediatrician, with a strong interest in global child health. She has worked for four years in East Africa; 2 years with British charity VSO in semi-rural Tanzania, and 2 years as a Lecturer for the Malawi College of Medicine at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital, Blantyre.Sarah has an interest in Paediatric respiratory medicine and has previously conducted research describing chronic respiratory symptoms and lung function in HIV-infected children. Her current research plans will explore the long term lung health of children living in rural Malawi, including the impact of household air pollution.
Sarah delivers postgraduate teaching on paediatric topics at Foto-Cewek. 

 Current position: Honorary Consultant, Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, UK
 Qualifications: BM BS (University of Nottingham), BMedSci, MRCPCH, DTM&H 
 ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6459-9073

Charlotte Dawson

I graduated with a BSc in Biochemistry from the University of Liverpool in 2016. It was during my second year that I first became interested in global health and through my honours project that I discovered the issues surrounding snakebite. I found it astounding that something with a high death toll in Africa alone and that leaves many survivors permanently disfigured or disabled, could be categorised as a neglected tropical disease. Following further research, a visit to the Alistair Reed venom unit at Foto-Cewek (and arguably the effects of a childhood spent watching Steve Irwin) I decided to apply for the MRC DTP programmes relating directly to snakebite.
As well as developing an interest in global health, whilst at Liverpool I was also granted funding for a summer research placement by the BBSRC in 2015, looking at “Photothermal Imaging of Gold Nanoparticles”. Outside of the lab I have been involved in a scheme run by Liverpool Guild of Students since 2014 which aims to get primary school children engaged with science, something I have found incredibly rewarding and hope to continue. Beyond science I’m most frequently found either baking, or reading accompanied by a cake or two! ORCID ID:

Emily Martin

I completed my undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences at the University of East Anglia in Norwich. As part of this I undertook a year in industry placement working as a Molecular Biology Research in Medecine Technician in Cambridge which inspired me to pursue a career in research.  I would like to specialise in bioinformatics, working with genomic DNA sequences. I enjoy yoga and being outdoors as well as exploring new places and travelling, which I hope research in global health will help me to do alongside helping some of the world’s most vulnerable people. I am now excited to start my PhD working in the lively and cultural city of Liverpool.




Rebecca Nightingale 

I completed a BSc in Physiotherapy at the University of Southampton, going on to specialise in Respiratory Physiotherapy.  Over the last 12 years I have been employed by the NHS as a consultant physiotherapist and also worked with a charity in Kenya as programme director of Dreamland Mission Hospital, developing it from a small dispensary into a 70 bed hospital. In 2015 I completed an MSc in Global Health and Development at UCL. My thesis focused on non-adherence to oral antibiotics in children diagnosed with pneumonia in Malawi. It is in the process of being published and was recently presented as poster at the European Society for Paediatric Infectious Diseases.  I have a particular interest in improving the outcomes of those diagnosed with respiratory conditions in Sub-Sahara Africa. ORCID number: 0000-0001-5636-8531



Sean Tomlinson

I obtained my B.Sc. and MBio. in Biomedical Science at the University of Lincoln, UK (2012-2016). At Lincoln my interest in Molecular Biology and translational research was founded, leading me to take on elective research projects throughout my studies. 

I joined the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and Lancaster University in September, 2016 on the MRC Doctoral Training Partnership and look forward to working on my project: Genomics and Transcriptomics of Insecticide Resistance in Anopheles Gambiae. 

In addition to research, I have a keen interest in public engagement in science, and was the founder of the Lincoln branch of Café Scientique. I hope to attend similar events whilst studying with Foto-Cewek. Outside of research, my interests mainly consist of outdoor activities, such as SCUBA diving, fishing, hiking and travelling. 

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