Research was not one of those things when I was at medical school that I had considered as a possibility. The thought of spending long days in a lab with smelly rats did not appeal. However, that turned out to be a rather narrow impression of what medical research encompassed and in the end, my curiosity won out.
Clinical and translational research are very different to lab based research. It has been in these arenas that my search for answers on how to create better clinical outcomes has focused. This has involved constantly looking for a different perspectives, challenging traditional cancer models and employing innovation.
In 2018, I was awarded a PhD in cancer biology with my thesis "Emergence and Margins in Head & Neck Cancer: A new understanding". I am actively involved in developing 3D printed prothesis for Head & Neck reconstruction and have been the recipient of multiple research grants.