NUKEMS (or NI-UKEMS) was established in 2017 and aims to actively represent New Investigators (NIs) within UKEMS and its linked societies. NIs are scientists with the equivalent of up to 4-6 years of post-doctoral experience, working/ studying in academia, industry or elsewhere.
The NUKEMS committee is made up of the Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, Membership Secretary, and currently, 6 ordinary members, and we are all NIs.
NUKEMS runs the ‘Sunday Session’ at UKEMS, traditionally held as an educational session prior to the main annual conference. Past sessions have included:
- Poster pitches/ talks with peer voting and prizes
- Senior UKEMS scientist panel discussions on what makes a good interview candidate
- Mock job interviews with audience participation
- Personal career progression talks by senior UKEMS scientists
- Socialising with other NIs
The past year has presented us with a unique set of circumstances, so we will be delivering some of our usual session content online – keep an eye on our social media and these pages! Our committee is here to support UKEMS NIs, so please get in touch with any ideas on what you would like to see from us.
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Meet our New Investigator committee
In 2015, I became a National Institute for Health Research Academic Clinical Fellow (NIHR ACF) in Cardiothoracic Surgery and joined Professor Dean Fennell’s laboratory in August 2016 focussing on malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM). I currently works as a Cardiothoracic Surgical Registrar at Glenfield Hospital, a national referral centre for the treatment of MPM and also in the Thoracic Oncology Research Group headed by Professor Dean Fennell. I have recently completed a Masters of Research (Clinical Sciences) degree and I am currently undertaking my PhD in the field of neoantigen identification and response in MPM supervised by Professor Dean Fennell at the University of Leicester.
I joined the NUKEMS committee in 2020 and I hold the position of Committee Secretary. I wish to help support all New Investigators through the NUKEMS society and raise awareness of NUKEMS to early career medical researchers.
I joined Covance in 2017 as a Research assistant in Genetic Toxicology Department. My job role involves carrying out in vitro assays such as in vitro micronucleus and chromosomal aberration assays to identify the substances that causes genotoxicity/DNA damage and structural chromosomal aberrations ensuring the safety of the compounds in the process of early drug development. Apart from this, I also carry out non-standard projects such as validation and trial projects, check laboratory stocks and supplies, training new staffs and liaising with professionals to carry out daily lab process smoothly. I enjoy my work as it had fulfilled my passion to work in lab and fuels to learn new things every day.
Besides science and work, I am a yoga enthusiast. I practice yoga and mindfulness which helps me to manage my work challenges, remain balance and stay productive. I also enjoy travelling as this connects me to the variety of people, their cultures and backgrounds.