Published Wednesday, 6th June 2018 in Staff news
Job title: PhD student. Location: Auchincruive, Ayr.
What does your role at SRUC involve?
I am currently a PhD student based at SRUC. My PhD research concerns the use of additives in poultry diets to improve gut health. In addition to my own work, I help contribute to many other research projects carried out at our unit.
What have you enjoyed most about working at SRUC?
I enjoy being able to get involved with many different kinds of projects, from topics such as nutrition and behavioural studies. It’s also really interesting working with different kinds of birds, from young to old, and meat chickens to laying hens - there is always something to get stuck into.
I’ve also been fortunate enough to meet lots of interesting people – not only when I have been travelling but also in our lab in Ayr.
What have been your highlights of working at SRUC?
One of the highlights of my PhD is having the opportunity to travel and present my work in different countries. I recently travelled to Dublin to present my work, and was awarded the World’s Poultry Science Association President’s Prize.
What’s on your schedule for the next six months?
In the coming months I plan to travel to the US to carry out some research with pigs. This will help expand my knowledge of nutrition and allow me to work in a different country with different practices than the ones we use here at SRUC.
What do you enjoy doing when you aren’t at work?
Although my PhD takes up a lot of my time, when I am not working I enjoy cooking and socialising with my friends and family – I recently became an Auntie so my nephew keeps me very busy!
I also enjoy educating others, mainly children, about all aspects of science and have been a STEM ambassador with the STEM Ambassador Program for a few years now.
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