Sophie Owen

I obtained a BSc in Biomedical Science from the University of Sheffield in 2014. 

Following this, whilst studying for a Masters in Immunology from Imperial College London, I undertook a 7-month research project with the Tuberculosis Research Centre, Imperial College London, under the supervision of Dr Robert Parker and Professor Ajit Lalvani. The project required me to use novel research methods to understand mechanisms by which Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) vaccination provides protection against unrelated infection such as respiratory syncytial virus and pneumonia as well as target disease tuberculosis, for which it is shown to have varying efficacy.

Following a year as a research assistant at The University of Oxford, I started at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and Lancaster University on the MRC Doctoral Training Partnership in September 2017. The MRes in Global Health with Lancaster University, as part of the MRC DTP programme, introduced me to new skills such as programming in R and infectious disease modelling. I look forward to completing my PhD at LSTM on development and evaluation of diagnostics for visceral leishmaniasis (VL) in HIV patients in elimination settings, supervised by Dr Emily Adams. My PhD project will involve frequent travel to Bihar, India.

In my spare time I enjoy ballet, rowing, bouldering and mountaineering. I’m a mentor for The Girl’s Network and a Greenlight For Girls ambassador.

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