Cambridge AWiSE co-Chair - DR TENNIE VIDELER
I am the coordinator for the Cambridge Immunology Network. The idea is that there is lots of great immunology being done in very disparate parts of Cambridge University and it is my task to increase communication between them. I have only just started but will let you know how I get on! This position is a challenge to take on, especially as I am not an immunologist…
I did an undergraduate degree in Chemistry in the Netherlands. I got the opportunity to spend nine months in the UK as an exchange student, which resulted in starting a PhD research project on the interface between chemistry and biology. I spent 16 years doing research on structural biology, using different techniques on different systems. I have always enjoyed public engagement, communicating science (not necessarily mine) to both children and adults. I was the science school governor for a primary school for six years, a role I would encourage others to take on!
Towards the end of my postdoctoral career I decided that although I loved research I wanted to use my ‘people’ skills and do something that would make a difference to people’s lives. I became a programme manager for Vitae, a national careers organisation specialising in careers and development of researchers. It was very rewarding to help people explore their options but I am very pleased my current role allows me to indulge in my passion for science again.