What motivated you to come to Bristol to do this programme?
The potential supervisors for this programme have a broad range of expertise, meaning that not only was I able to gain supervision in a specific area that I wanted, but gain a lot of knowledge from others outside of that skill set.
What is the key research questions of your PhD and what have you found out so far?
My research is centred around the gateway hypothesis of drug use and abuse. So far, results have suggested that despite previous reports of a strong link between smoking and alcohol consumption, there is no causal link between the two, with previous associations being the result of strong confounding. Other research has investigated the use of toxicological hair testing for use in low prevalence populations.
Where do you think your research could lead and what are your future career plans now?
My future research plans are to carry on to a post-doctoral fellowship with continued research into addiction and drugs of abuse.