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Welcome and thanks for visiting my site. Take a moment and look around and learn more about my background, experience, projects and how we could potentially work together. If you'd like to get in touch, please do contact me!

 

BIO

I'm currently a postgraduate student at the University of Oxford reading for a DPhil in Psychiatry. I am part of the Neuroscience, Ethics and Society group (NEUROSEC) and the Oxford Precision Psychiatry Lab (OxPPL), the latter of which is focused on the treatment of major depression using Artificial Intelligence (AI). 

Before Oxford, I completed masters degrees in Developmental Neuroscience, Criminology and Law at Yale University, UCL, the University of Cambridge and Cardiff University, after completing a Bachelor's degree in History. Whilst studying, I also spent several years as a Legal/ Derivatives Negotiator at RBS, Barclays and Deutsche Bank. I also lived in India for a little while, interning in the psychiatry ward at MGM Hospital in Navi Mumbai. When I'm not at work, I love taking pictures (some of my work has been featured in The Telegraph and The Guardian). I can also usually be found travelling, rowing or running very long distances.

 
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PROJECTS

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PRECISION PSYCHIATRY FOR MDD

Current project: I'm working on incorporating patient, clinician and carer perspectives into precision medicine/ psychiatry tools, particularly for the treatment of major depression.

FMRI: SPATIAL WORKING MEMORY DEFICITS IN SCHIZOPHRENIA

Previous project (2018-19): As an MRes student and Postgraduate Fellow, I spent 1 year at the Anticevic Lab at Yale University's School of Medicine. My research used Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) findings alongside behavioural data to examine spatial working memory deficits in patients with schizophrenia.

SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY AND BIOSECURITY

Previous project (2019): As part of the Cambridge Security Initiative (CSi) at the University of Cambridge, I looked at the ways in which synthetic biology poses a security risk. I also examined to what extent is the U.K. poised to deal with future threats, and what might explain this level of preparation.

 

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