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I studied for my BSc in Forensic Chemistry at the University of the West of England (UWE). My first graduate position was in a Quality control laboratory for a composite electroplating company in the West of England. I used atomic absorption (AA) and colorimetry, as well as other traditional wet chemistry techniques, to analyse coatings on tab samples and composition of plating electrolytes. Prior to starting my role in the OGU I worked as a Site Chemist for a hazardous chemical waste company; sampling and testing the suitability of incoming waste chemicals for processing and ensuring compliance with legislation. I have previously held a position at University of Bristol as a lab technician in ChemLabS Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories.
I joined the OGU in September 2019 as a Research Analyst working with Dr Melanie Roffet-Salque as part of her Dorothy Hodgkin Royal Society Fellowship. I am extracting and analysing organic residues from archaeological artefacts using chromatographic, spectrometric and isotopic techniques to get insight into past climate and subsistence practices.
I am also currently working on the ERC-funded AsiaPast project (PI: Professor Cheryl Makarewicz, Kiel University, Germany) characterising lipid residues extracted from potsherds to investigate mobile pastoralism in the ancient Eurasian steppe.