Miss Joanna Rumsey
I started my undergraduate degree at Cardiff University in October 2004. Having originally enrolled on a Biology scheme, I changed degree course to Microbiology as my interests in pathology developed.
After my second year I was lucky to be accepted onto an industrial placement scheme, at the Life Sciences Department of Merck Chemicals in Newport. During that year I worked on developing a prototype that could be used for collecting live organisms in an air sampler, a project that has continued to the production phase.
In my fourth and final year of my BSc, I conducted an honours project with Professor David Lloyd, working on a fish parasite, Spironucleus vortens, a major cause of hole-in-the-head disease in salmonids. There my interests in parasitology grew and I was introduced to Dr. Joanne Cable, a parasitologist at Cardiff University through which my current NERC-funded PhD project was established with Dr. Joanne Lello.