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Leading the Charge

How did your career in science begin?

I’ve always loved chemistry, but never thought about going to university as a child because nobody in my family had done it before. I eventually got a job as a technician and worked in several laboratories, which only nurtured my interest further. At Pfizer, I was encouraged to take part in day release studies, through which I eventually earned my chemistry degree and found myself wanting to conduct further research. This soon led me into my PhD in the use of MS – a technique that I’ve always had a fascination with – for peptide sequencing at Cambridge University. The process of fitting spectra to structures to solve problems excites me – it’s like a giant jigsaw puzzle. I focused on peptides because proteins were of huge interest at the time, especially neuropeptides and their roles in nerve signaling.

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