University of Manchester PGRA


Postgraduate research assistant


October 2016 – March 2017

Description of role

My current role is as a postgraduate research assistant on a six-month contract working predominantly for Dr Blanford based in the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology. In this position, I oversee the Masters and PhD students and liaise with Dr Blanford to ensure the optimal running of the group. This requires a working knowledge of all the disparate research projects in progress and management of logistics such as stock orders and new group member safety inductions. I also act as an intermediary for fielding questions from the students and standing in on Dr Blanford’s behalf for meetings that he cannot attend.

My research is now focused on creating an ethanol oxygen fuel cell using redox-active enzymes. This six-month project is in collaboration between other research institutes and private companies and will culminate in a proof of principle fuel cell capable of generating useable amounts of power from this fuel source. I also help with other experiments in the techniques that I used within my PhD.