Biological Science at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology
Across the world from my home on Bainbridge Island, Washington, I studied molecular biology at the University of St Andrews. During my studies, I became fascinated by our ability to infer biological function from a protein’s 3D structure, particularly the dramatic mechanical differences caused by subtle conformational changes. After graduating, I wanted to see first-hand how information produced by structural biology could be used in drug design. I was awarded a one-year fellowship at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, where my research involved engineering the cellular targeting mechanism used by anthrax toxin to specifically target tumours. I am honoured to now join the vibrant, diverse and intellectual community that both Gates and Cambridge have to offer. Specifically, I look forward to learning to become an active leader within the scientific community and a role model for women in academia. During my PhD, I will use electron microscopy to investigate the molecular mechanisms of cell cycle inhibition. Such information is important as it provides a framework for designing small molecule inhibitors which induce cell death in tumours.