University of Exeter
- 2004 – 2008, BSc Chemistry and Law
- 2008 – Current, PhD Physical Chemistry
My research currently revolves around the complement system. I am working in association with surgeons at the Royal Devon & Exeter hospital to measure levels of complement activation in patients undergoing abdominal surgery. I am using electrochemiluminescence detection techniques to measure various components of the complement system. We have carefully selected the components to act as markers for the 3 different pathways, as well as a marker for overall complement activation.
During the first two years of my PhD my research involved measuring the kinetics of protein-protein interactions using surface plasmon resonance, as well as an in-house Light Scattering Array Reader (LiScAR). This work resulted in my first paper being published in Analytical Biochemistry: Human serum albumin interference on plasmon-based immunokinetic assay for antibody screening in model blood sera.