Research projects

  • Project in cardiothoracic surgery – “The effect of catecholamines on the donor myocardium”, looking at mechanisms to overcome the damage inflicted on donor hearts so as to increase the pool of donor hearts, January 2014.
  • Work at the Sanger Institute, Wellcome Trust, Cambridge, Genes to Cognition Group, doing laboratory research into the genes involved with Alzheimer’s disease, Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder and more, March 2009
  • Short research placements in Lausanne, Switzerland in 2007 – at the Laboratoire de Biochimie, investigating the leishmaniasis parasite causing 30,000 deaths annually in developing countries and at the Hôpital Universitaire, investigating the treatment of lymphoma

Humanitarian Projects


 

Work at the World Health Organization in the Tropical Diseases Research department, Geneva, Switzerland

  •  Investigating the prevalence and aetiology of serious infections in young children in Africa and Asia in the hope of finding data which will enable better treatments and reduce the burden of disease and the infant mortality rate, July-August 2014.

 

Work with the homeless in Cambridge – Please visit this page

  • Working with the homeless in and around Cambridge to increase access to healthcare and getting students involved with helping the homeless in the community, 2012 – ongoing

 

Work with sick children in the hospital setting in Cambridge – Teddy Bear Hospital Project

  • Introducing sick children into the hospital setting helping them to feel at ease by playing with doctor and patient teddy bears and plastic stethoscopes etc, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, 2012 – ongoing

 

Humanitarian trip to India

  • Teaching nursery children how to lead a healthy life style, for example, showing them how to brush their teeth and basic sanitation skills
  • Making a vegetable garden with the children and developing horticultural skills
  • Assisting with maintenance work for their nursery including painting
  • Raised funds to be used for obtaining a clean water supply to a forgotten village in the countryside

 

Humanitarian trip to Ghana – under the auspices of the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research

  • Visited different schools in the countryside, meeting and playing with the children, giving them vaccinations and treatment for a variety of diseases
  • Understanding the devastating effects of malaria, schistosomiasis, polio, and HIV/AIDS on the community

 

Humanitarian trip to Rwanda – under the auspices of Lux–Aid

  • Spent time in a small local hospital looking after mothers, many of whom were single mothers, suffering from HIV and tuberculosis
  • Trying to understand the impact that disease was having on their lives and the complications of not having money to feed their children, let alone spend money on medication for themselves

 

Humanitarian trip to Brazil

  • Under the auspices of Alfredo da Matta Foundation and the National Foundation for Indigenous People’s Health (FUNASA), visited some “river-side” Amazon communities and observed their way of life, being cut off from main cities by vast stretches of water
  • Understood the impact of syphilis on the communities – helped educate against the belief that a pregnant women should have sex with as many men as possible to increase the strength of the baby – this practice was putting babies at a high risk of syphilis transmission
  • Helped carry out syphilis diagnostic testing to identify those with the infection. Treatment consists of a simple dose of penicillin. It is such a simple treatment but causes so much devastation if left untreated
  • Spent a week at the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz) in Rio de Janeiro, to understand the health issues affecting Brazil and ways to move forward

 

Sincere appreciation for participation and contribution to the United Nations commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda 1994-2004. Awarded by the University for Peace and the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Rwanda, 2004


 

Global environmental issues: participant in the Ocean Parks debate, in collaboration with Green Peace and Earth Focus, 2006, and participant and representative at the United Nations, Student League of Nations 2007


 

Participated in the 4th International Schools Association Youth Leadership Seminar on Global Issues in Ghana, 2006


 

Worked at the local old people’s home every Saturday morning caring for the residents, 2006-2008


 

Girl Scout, 1999-2005