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Insight blog: Posts tagged with infections and immunity

Stories about the people, science and research of the Medical Research Council.

Working life: epidemiologist Dr Sema Nickbakhsh

19 Dec 2019

Dr Sema Nickbakhsh is a research epidemiologist at the MRC-University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research. She describes the surprising relationships she’s found between flu and cold viruses, and why she enjoys looking at the bigger picture.

Sema Nickbakhsh

Image credit: University of Glasgow [...]

Career in brief:

  • BSc (Hons) in Equine Science, The University of the West of England, Bristol
  • MSc in Veterinary Epidemiology, The Royal Veterinary College / The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • PhD in Veterinary Preventive Medicine, Epidemiology and Public Health, The University of Glasgow
  • Research Assistant, Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health & Comparative Medicine, The University of Glasgow
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, School of Biological Sciences, The University of Edinburgh
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, MRC-University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research

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The life of an MRC Programme Manager

8 Aug 2019

Martin Broadstock

Dr Martin Broadstock, Programme Manager for Immunology and Vaccines, joined the MRC in early 2017 after 10 years as a postdoc. Here he gives an insight into what he enjoys about this wide-ranging role.

A front-row seat to cutting-edge science

As a Programme Manager, I’m privileged to be at the forefront of cutting-edge research. I’m no longer doing my own science, but by regularly speaking to researchers and reading through their applications, I learn about areas of research which could revolutionise medical science. I don’t miss being at the bench, as I’m exposed to more varied research ideas as a Programme Manager than when I was a postdoc focusing on a few projects. [...]

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