In 2016 I was awarded with a B.Sc. in Molecular Genetics at King’s College London, with a year abroad at the University of Melbourne. During my undergraduate course I was particularly interested in cancer genetics and immunology and have undertaken a few short research projects in cancer biology. Currently, I am a 2nd year student on the MRC Doctoral Training Programme. Last year I have completed 3 rotation projects in different laboratories across King’s College campuses, which gave me a chance to get insight into very diverse research fields, learn a range of new skills and eventually develop a strong interest in molecular imaging.
My PhD project will focus on the in vivo trafficking of essential trace metals in health and disease using PET imaging. It connects basic biology research with a translational approach, where the development of imaging tools detecting the distorted metal homeostasis in vivo could be used for the diagnosis, monitoring and predicting therapy outcomes in cancer (altered copper homeostasis) or diabetes (altered zinc homeostasis).