Meet the Researchers
Research Area: Dermatology
What is it like being a researcher?
Busy! I am involved in lots of different skin research studies and work with a variety of people including research nurses, clinicians, scientists and members of the public.
What inspired you to become a researcher?
What is the best thing about being a researcher/your job? Our group takes part in a lot of public engagement events which are usually a lot of fun and very rewarding. I also love chatting to the people who volunteer on our studies. It is important to remember that our research will ultimately lead to new treatments for skin conditions like psoriasis, and improve people’s quality of life.
What do you do in your free time?
Most of my ‘free’ time is spent with my little boy Eric, who loves visiting parks, going swimming and eating out.
What’s the funniest/strangest/most surprising experience you have had in your career?
Dressing up as Boots’ sun safety mascot Sunshine Sam (a big bear). The costume is very heavy and it can get ridiculously hot inside.
What discovery or invention could you not live without?
Since working in dermatology I couldn’t live without sunscreen. The unit’s skin imaging booth has shown me the damage I did to my skin during my teenage sunbathing years, and it wasn’t pretty! I am determined to prevent further damage…