Cambridge AWiSE Steering Group member – PENNY COGGILL
I have recently moved affiliation from the Sanger Institute to the EBI, also on the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus at Hinxton, working as an annotator for a database of protein domain-families, pfam.
I have been on this Campus since I decided to return to work after nearly 30 years of living abroad, bringing up three children and a lot of voluntary work.
Hindsight is a wonderful thing, and if I had known in 1999 what I know now about all the opportunities for re-training in Cambridge that AWiSE has encouraged and championed …well, I might not have applied to the Sanger, and I do love my job and the campus is a great place to work.
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.
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Dr. Warren graduated from Clare College, University of Cambridge with a first class honours degree in Medicine, and after UK board certification in histopathology and a CRUK PhD Fellowship in molecular biology at the ICR, London, pursued an extensive career in academic medicine and cancer research in London and Cambridge, including authorship of over 30 papers and articles in high ranking journals. She established an academic pathology research lab in Cambridge before founding Pathology Diagnostics Ltd. She has led this company from start-up to a high growth business which has won several awards over the last 3 years including ERBI Best Biotech/Medtech Start Up Company.
I was a mature student of 23 when I did a BSc in Zoology at Edinburgh University followed by a PhD. Thereafter I became a research scientist at Nottingham University in the Medical School and at the Babraham Institute in Cambridge studying the immunologicial intereactions that occur between the mammalian mother and her baby. The work tried to understand why the baby, whose inherits half its antigens from the father which are foreign to her, is not rejected like any other foreign graft. I was also an Inspector for the Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority for 6 years, taught at Nottingham University and was a member of 6 scientific expeditions to the islands of French Polynesian Islands and the Tongian Archipeligo. As a result of these trips, on my retirement in 2000 I became involved in the creation of a charity, which we named The Frozen Ark. I have been busy on this project to preserve the genetic resources of the world’s endangered wild animals before they go extinct ever since.
I have been a steering group member of Cambridge AWiSE since 2004.
I am from Sydney Australia and gained a BSc Hons (I) from the University of Sydney followed by a PhD in Biochemistry from the Australian National University in Canberra. I arrived in England in 1978 as a post-doc in cell and developmental biology at the former Mill Hill labs of the ICRF, now Cancer Research UK. With a move to Cambridge, I continued my research at the University in molecular genetics and genomics, specialising in development in the model organism Drosophila.
Cambridge AWiSE member – DR JENNY KOENIG
I’m a consultant with Science ETC – a Science Education, Training and Communications Consultancy.
I’m also a Fellow at Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge where I teach pharmacology and maths for biologists part time during term and am Dean (also part time). I also work at the Disability Resource Centre in the University of Cambridge helping students with Specific Learning Difficulties develop their study skills.
Cambridge AWiSE member – DR TANYA MORTON
I have been a steering group member for Cambridge AWiSE since 2004.
I am privileged to be the Application Engineering Manager at MathWorks. MathWorks is the developer of MATLAB and Simulink, software tools that are widely used by scientists, engineers, and mathematicians.
My team help customers apply MathWorks’ tools to their technical challenges in education and business. The Application Engineering role gives an unrivalled appreciation of the diversity of applications of mathematics. My team supports a variety of application areas including optimisation, statistics, modelling, image and signal processing, and control design. We work with customers across a broad range of industries including automotive, aerospace, education, energy production, finance, and biotech/pharmaceutical.
Carol Robinson, a professor in Chemistry at the University of Cambridge who recently moved to University of Oxford wrote an article about the dearth of women at the top of Chemistry.
Carol Robinson describes herself as “the first female chemistry professor at both the University of Cambridge and the University of Oxford, which have a combined history in chemistry of about 800 years”, which in itself is quite telling of the nature of the chemical sciences and it explains why she frequently gets asked why so many women leave chemistry at an early stage of their career. In chemistry, the attrition rate from PhD students (46% women) to professorships (6% women) is even bigger than in other traditionally male fields such as engineering and physics.
Carol did not have a traditional academic career. She left school to work in an industrial lab at 16 and eventually working her way through night-school to a point where she could start a PhD. After her PhD she took 8 years off to have her three children during a career break and then came back to a career in science. “Admittedly, after my eight-year absence, it was hard to find a position in science. I had three interviews before convincing a panel that I was committed (one interviewer remembered me positively from my student days).”
She talks about the pros and cons of being interested in dressing well and shoes as a woman in chemistry- and argues that women should not loose their femininity: “By behaving or dressing as honorary men, we only reinforce the macho culture of chemistry”.
Interview with Tanya Morton, Application engineering manager, MathWorks and Cambridge AWiSE Steering Group member in Plus Magazine
Tanya Morton has been drawn to three things throughout her career: problem solving, learning new things and educating others. She tells Plus how her role at the mathematical computing software company, MathWorks, combines these three elements perfectly and how mathematical computing has meant her maths makes a real difference in the world. Read more …