I joined the Applied Science team at Chester Zoo in 2017 and hold the position of Laboratory Assistant. My primary roles are assisting the Conservation Physiology Technician in the Endocrinology Laboratory to monitor hormone levels of animals at the zoo and from external partners.
The other aspect of my role is conducting Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpesvirus (EEHV) testing at the zoo through the use of Real-time Polymerase Chain Reaction (qPCR). My role helps support the management of our animals by providing data which assists in the husbandry practices at the zoo.
Prior to my time at Chester Zoo, I studied Zoology at Liverpool John Moore’s University where I graduated in 2015. I went on to study my Masters in Molecular Biology of Parasites and Disease Vectors at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine where I graduated in 2016. This led me to work with a PhD from the University of Liverpool investigating the presence of Echinococcus spp in gundog packs within the UK.