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Senior Postdoctoral Research Associate Dr Ruth Saunders gave the following presentation as part of the 2010 Season of Careers After Biological Sciences talks at the University of Leicester, UK.

Senior Postdoctoral Research Associate Dr Ruth Saunders gave the following presentation as part of the 2010 Season of Careers After Biological Sciences talks at the University of Leicester, UK.

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  • A Career in Academic Research
    Dr Ruth Saunders
  • Senior Post-Doctoral
    Research Associate
    8 1/2 yrs post-doc experience
    5 yrs working at Glenfield Hospital
    with Professor Chris Brightling
  • Cutting Edge Research
    Remodelled
    asthmatic airway
    Non asthmatic
    airway
  • Human Airway Smooth Muscle Cell Culture
    Airway Smooth Muscle
    Bronchus
    dissected
  • Human Fibrocyte Culture
    Take blood
    Add to Histopaque
    Remove PBMC layer
    Collagen I
    Culture for
    7-14 days
    Spindle like morphology
    CD34
  • Immunohistochemistry
    Apoptosis measurement
    PCR
    Flow cytometry
    Wound healing assays
    Immunofluorescence
    ELISA
    Tracking migration assays
    Courtesy of Bender MedSystems
  • Thinking of new directions
    Cutting Edge
    Research
    Writing/Applying for Fellowships/Grants
    Conferences and presentations
    Postdoctoral
    Research Associate
    Writing papers
    Supervising
    students
    Writing/Applying for Studentships
  • How did I get here?
  • 1993
    University of Leicester – BSc (hons) Biological Sciences, 1st Class
    PhD – Cell Physiology and Pharmacology, with Profs Nahorski and Challiss
    1996
    2000
    Editorial Assistant – Perpetuity Press
    2008
    20??
    2007
    2005
    Post-doctoral Research Associate – Biochemistry, with Prof Critchley
    2001
    Asthma UK project grant –
    2 year post-doctoral position, with Prof Brightling
    Wellcome Trust VIP Award –
    1 year independent funding
    Contribute to preliminary work for CEBs successful Wellcome Trust SCF application. Funding for my post secured for a 5 year period.
    Increase number of first author papers
    Take on supervisory roles
    Publish papers as last author
    Apply for project grants
    Establish myself as an independent researcher
  • Pros……
    Freedom to follow ideas/
    interesting leads
    Intellectually stimulating/
    interesting
    Make a difference to
    people’s lives
    Job satisfaction
    Involved in cutting edge research/
    finding out new things
  • Post-doctoral positions
    PhD studentship
    …. and Cons
    Not many positions available
    Continually applying for funding
    Tenure
    Highly competitive
    Fellowships
    Short term contracts
    Industry
    Academia
  • OPTIMISING YOUR CHANCES OF GETTING OFFERED A PHD:
    Straight from degree: need first or upper second class degree
    Intercalated year out working in industry
    Lab based final year project
    Lab based work experience during and/or after degree;
    more techniques, more competitive.
    Read around the subject of the PhD and other work done in the group.
    PhD
    NOT SURE RESEARCH IS FOR YOU:
    MSc or MRes, or laboratory based work experience –
    get a taste of research to see if you like it.
    CHOOSING WHERE TO STUDY:
    Check the history of the group:
    Do they have a good consistent publication record?
    If possible visit the laboratories and talk to people.
  • SUCCEEDING DURING YOUR PhD/ INCREASING YOUR EMPLOYABILITY:
    Work hard – you get out what you put in.
    Publish in reputable peer reviewed journals – your publication record shows your ability to deliver high quality research.
    Learn as many techniques as possible – shows versatility and ability to learn.
    Don’t get disheartened if experiments don’t work first time, this is the nature of cutting edge research – solving problems will make you a better scientist in the future.
  • CLIMBING THE ACADEMIC RESEARCH LADDER OPTIMISING YOUR CHANCES OF SUCCESS
    PUBLICATION RECORD:
    Journal Impact Factor
    MEASURES OF ESTEEM:
    “A celebration in Parliament of the work of emerging scientific, engineering and technological leaders has showcased the work of a University of Leicester academic.”
    University of Leicester eBulletin - Issued on 30 March 2009
    Dr Saunders explains her work to Patricia Hewitt MP.
    WRITE GRANTS/OBTAIN FUNDING:
  • Still interested?
    Project: The role of RAGE and DAMPs in the regulation of airway mesenchymal and epithelial cell function.
    Supervisors: Prof C Brightling, Prof J Challiss and Dr R Saunders
    rms4@le.ac.uk