I'm Megan, I'm a visiting scientist from the Bath University at the Heart Research Institute.
As part of my studies at the University of Bath, there is an opportunity for a placement scheme,
in which everyone does a year out in industry and I chose to do my year in industry here at Heart Research Institute in Australia.
I'm from Bristol originally which is in the South West England, and I study at the University of Bath, which is a couple minutes down the road for me.
I was a little bit nervous to move abroad for my research. It helped that there were other students from my University who were also able to have the opportunity to do a wok placement here.
I work in the Vascular Complications Group with Dr Mary Kavurma and her team who work on understanding the fundamental mechanisms in molecular and cellular biology leading to cardiovascular diseases.
Over the next 12 months, I hope to better my lab techniques and learn how to apply different knowledge that I have been able to get at University and apply to the labs and research projects. It is quite limited what we do at University in terms of practical experiments, so I’m excited for this opportunity. I also want to become at communicating my research from people that are more experienced than I am.
I am very excited to get in the lab at HRI and start testing equipment!
"Megan is currently working on understanding how changes in genetics affect behaviour, blood pressure and blood vessel function. Since joining my team, I have been very impressed with her diligence, maturity and scientific thinking. She has done an amazing job with the tasks given to her; she has become an integral member of my team" said Dr Mary Kavurma.
I would like to say thank you to the UK donors for allowing me to come out here and do my research. I'm hoping that it will help me further my career in the future into Cardiovascular research, and that I will be able to make a difference in this field.