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A series of online talks/conversations with scientists from NDS, NDORMS and other University of Oxford Medical Science departments for Y12/13 students.


Dr Ruth Tunn: A meandering path to medical research

I’ve never had a clear career plan, but following my interests has led me (with various detours) to my current role as a research fellow at the University of Oxford. My work focuses on how researchers report clinical trials, and on ways to prevent research being wasted. For medical research to be useful to patients, doctors, and other researchers, we need to make sure all the important details are included when it is published. I’m currently working on identifying what counts as “important”, and developing tools and training to make sure researchers don’t miss out any critical information.

Jennie Astley: Mathematician to geneticist?

Maths was always my favourite subject at school. I didn’t study biology at A-level and failed to get into Cambridge for maths and physics. After a maths degree (plus two years of being confused) and a few years as a software engineer, I applied to Oxford for a master’s degree in infectious disease modelling. I’m now doing a PhD in statistical genetics, surrounded by people from lots of different academic backgrounds, and I’m contributing to medical research through my favourite subject, even though it isn’t medicine!

Mr Gurdeep S. Mannu


Registration link for the talk

Please see the NDORMS website for further information