Completed Integrated Masters degree in Natural Sciences (MSci, Physics with Chemistry) at the University of Bath in 2018. This included a professional placement year (2015/16), where I worked at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility on sample preparation and equipment maintenance for the Soft X-ray Beamline.
Before graduating I also undertook a summer research internship at the University of Bath (2017), where I worked on statistics of intra- and inter-hospital MRSA transmission.
Despite being a "Physicist/Chemist" by training, I have always been interested in applying an understanding of quantitative and physical sciences to complex problems in biology.
Using statistical and computational models to inform aspects of healthcare, such as the treatment and prevention of disease, improving clinical care and quality of life.
MSci Final Year Project (Physics) - University of Bath, October 2017 - June 2018 “Light Propagation in Hollow Core Optical Fibres”
An analytical project with a fellow MSci student to determine loss properties of model hollow core optical fibres. Supervised by Professor David Bird, Dept. of Physics, Uni of Bath.
Undergraduate Summer Research Internship - University of Bath, 10 weeks June - August 2017 Statistics of intra- and inter-hospital MRSA transmission
Used both Bayesian and Heuristic approaches, implemented in R, and analysed EuSCAPE data of > 1000 genomes of hospital-acquired MRSA strains to determine direction and likelihood of transmission events. Supervised by Prof. Edward Feil and Dr Richard James, and Funded by BBSRC STARS via the Institute of Mathematical Innovation, Uni of Bath.
The European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) - August 2015 - July 2016
Whilst a trainee at ID32 – The Soft X-ray Beamline, I assisted other researchers in their work, as well as developed magnetic STM tips for Spin-Polarised STM. Supervised by Dr Nick Brookes.
The high-field magnet endstation for X-ray magnetic dichroism experiments at ESRF soft X-ray beamline ID32. Kummer K., Fondacaro A., Jiménez E., Velez-Fort E., Amorese A., Aspbury M., Yakhou-Harris F., van der Linden P., Brookes N.B., Journal of Synchrotron Radiation, 23, 464-473 (2016)
(In preparation): Bayesian and heuristic approaches for predicting the hospital origins of healthcare-associated Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (HA-MRSA) EMRSA-15 isolates using whole-genome sequence data. Marianne Aspbury, James Sciberras, Jukka Corander, Tjibbe Donker, Edward J Feil, Richard James.
Beyond research, I enjoy a range of activities including football, kickboxing, cycling, and skiing/snowboarding - which I miss from my time in Grenoble by the Alps. Sometimes I also like to rest! e.g. by reading or playing board games with friends.