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What's your background?

I grew up in Oban (where the placement at Glycomar was based) and went to Edinburgh University to study Philosophy, but decided to switch to Plant Science, which I put to use in the placement.

What project were you involved in?

It was a lab placement at Glycomar working with algae. We were developing new protocols for the extraction of valuable products. I felt it was a good project to work on.

What did you like most about your placement?

Definitely the freedom it gave me. I was given an assignment and told to go off and work on it. I had that freedom, but also knew there was someone there to help if needed. It felt liberating, and gave me a sense of responsibility.

What did you learn and what skills have you gained?

Lab techniques, but also time management skills. I had to plan out how long assignments would take, and what I would need to do. This helped me gain planning and organisational skills that I had never really used before.

What are your plans?

I'm hoping to get another summer placement this year, working on a malaria drug. Then, I'm interested in working further on research in malaria drug development.