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Alex Holmes (she/her)

Alex Holmes (she/her)

City Coordinator

I’m a PhD student that’s found myself working somewhere between biology, chemistry and computational science. When I’m not “hacking into supercomputers” or complaining about my protein yields, you can find me relaxing with some pottery or a good book!

Alex Flynn

Alex Flynn

Creative Reactions Team Leader

I’m a biochemistry PhD at The University of Leeds where I research using the structures of proteins that sit in the cell membrane to develop better therapeutics. I do have a life outside of university! I recently started squash lessons and I’ve been DJing for many years.

Abbie Byford

Abbie Byford

Creative Reactions Team Member and Resident Artist

I'm a BHF-funded PhD student at the University of Leeds where I research various contributing factors to placental vascular dysfunction in pregnancies complicated by maternal diabetes. Outside of the lab I enjoy Lino printing, although I often find ways to incorporate science themes into my prints!

Abi Connor

Abi Connor

Promotions and Advertising Manager

I’m a first year PhD student at the University of Leeds doing research to understand and improve the effectiveness of immunotherapy in patients with liver cancer. Outside of the lab, I relax by attempting new recipes, reading and getting outside to explore the Yorkshire countryside.

Ben Hanson

Ben Hanson

Our Society Team Member

I'm a computational biophysicist - a bit of a mouthful! I use computers to study the physics in biological systems. Whenever I'm not doing, reading about or trying to understand science or suffering from existential dread from all of this...I'm reading sci-fi & fantasy novels or playing video games!

Izzy Lloyd

Izzy Lloyd

Our Society Team Member

I’m a geography PhD student at the University of Leeds and my research is focused on identifying how different agricultural management practices influence greenhouse gas fluxes from arable soils. Outside of university I love to read, cycle and knit.

Alex Wakeman

Alex Wakeman

Our Society Team Member

I'm a PhD student at the University of Leeds researching how the genetics and biochemistry of plants affects crop yields. When I'm not talking to plants, I enjoy reading and writing in equal measures, and going for long runs in muddy places.

Alex Woodford

Alex Woodford

Our Society Team Member

I'm an economics PhD student at the University of Leeds whose research focuses on climate finance and the pathway to a more resilient economy. When my head isn't buried in a seemingly insurmountable pile of books, I can be found on the hill, up a crag or (haphazardly) learning mandarin!

Chris Snowden

Chris Snowden

Our Society Team Member

I'm a science communicator and public engagement-er that's done a little bit of everything from teaching, to presenting, to creating science shows, to doing stand up comedy dressed as an astronaut. My current day is working with schools on their careers and helping them engage with local businesses.

Ailish McAfferty

Ailish McAfferty

Tech Me Out Team Member

I’m an immunology PhD student researching the immune response to viruses spread to humans through mosquito bites, with a particular interest in Zika virus. Outside of the lab, I spend far too much time playing Animal Crossing and trying to hit my Goodreads reading challenge!

Sally Higgins

Sally Higgins

Tech Me Out Team Member

During an MA in Music Psychology at the University of Leeds I explored opinions around the use of Artificial Intelligence in music. My ‘day job’ as a teacher keeps me busy, and to relax I play clarinet in the Leeds Symphony and enjoy drawing/painting, reading, walking, and archery.

Lucy Godson

Lucy Godson

Tech Me Out Team Member

I am a first year PhD student working with AI to help find better treatment options for melanoma patients and better understand it as a disease. When I'm not working on my project, I love finding new places to walk and spending time watching the trashiest TV shows Netflix has to offer.

Chris Trevelyan

Chris Trevelyan

Tech Me Out Team Member

I’m a second year BHF-funded PhD student at the University of Leeds. My research concerns the regulation of cardiac fibroblasts by microRNAs during the cardiac remodelling process. When I’m not in the lab my interests include photography, going to gigs and in normal years going to the odd festival.

Alinka Greasley

Alinka Greasley

Tech Me Out Team Member

I am a psychologist based in the School of Music where I lead MA Applied Psychology of Music and Music, Science and Technology research cluster. My research focus is music listening, preference, musicians’ health and wellbeing, and EDM culture. Outside work, you can find me DJing or in the dojo.

Manon Owen

Manon Owen

Beautiful Mind Team Member

I’m a first year PhD student interested in how diabetes in pregnancy affects outcomes for mum and baby. Outside of University, I love just chilling with my friends (especially over a pint!), listening to good music and going for long walks in nature.

Emily Williams

Emily Williams

Beautiful Mind Team Member

I’m a Postdoc Research Fellow in Psychology, figuring out how typing skills develop, the sub-skills underpinning fast typing, and the ingredients for an evidence-based touch typing course. When I’m not overthinking my typing, I’m cross stitching, listening to audiobooks, and playing video games.

Emily Darwin

Emily Darwin

Beautiful Mind Team Member

I am a third year PhD student working on condensed matter physics, specifically spintronics, which aims towards higher efficiency of data storage and transfer in computers. When I’m not in the lab, I’m typically rock climbing or learning Italian, maybe both at the same time!

Jen Edwards

Jen Edwards

Beautiful Mind Team Member

Dr Jen Edwards is a failed physicist but successful biomedical engineer, running research projects in the Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering. Working towards the Institute’s vision to provide ‘50 active years after 50’ and improve the quality of life of an ageing population.

Kathryn McGinnis

Kathryn McGinnis

Beautiful Mind Team Member

I’m a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Faculty of Medicine and Health. I study the effects of steroids on brain cancer cells, and I discover how they affect treatment outcomes. When not in the lab, I can be found spending time with family, listening to crime podcasts or reading a book with a coffee.