What is your position on the SoDoc board?
I have 2 positions on the board in 2017. As the Academic committee representative, I plan and organise free courses, lectures and seminars for PhD students through SoDoc. This year we plan to have seminars on topics ranging from mental health and coping with stress to how “fake news” is effecting research.
I also sit on the Universities ethics committee as the PhD student’s representative.
What department are you from and what are you trying to find out with your research?
I am based at the Adamstuen campus in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. I spend 60% of my time at the Equine Veterinary Clinic in Oslo and 40% at Haukeland University Hospital in Bergen. I am investigating breathing difficulty due to upper airway collapse during exercise in horses and humans. The disease is very similar in both species. We are using a comparative medicine approach to discover more about the disease process, improve diagnostics and treatments. A current approach to Comparative medicine is not to use an animal as a model for human disease but to compare human and animal clinical cases to further understanding of disease. I hope that my PhD will improve diagnosis and treatment for both horses and humans with breathing problems at exercise.
Where are you from and where else have you lived?
I grew up in London. Studied physiotherapy in London. I took my veterinary degree in Liverpool and my MSc in Edinburgh, so guess I have slowly been migrating north!
I worked as a clinician for a few years before starting my PhD, autumn 2016.
What is your favourite thing about NMBU/ Norway in general?
I enjoy living in Oslo, the Adamstuen campus is in the middle of town. You get all the fun of the city but at the same time being so close to the sea and mountains. It’s the same in Bergen, but with a bit more rain! The UN says Norway has the happiest people in the world, who wouldn’t want to be part of that! :)
How do you like to spend your spare time?
Although I live in the middle of the city, I love the outdoor life; sailing, skiing, riding, traveling. I am an avid supporter of One world, One medicine, I really feel we need to work together to start taking better care of each other and the planet we live on.
What can SoDoc do to improve life for PhD candidates at NMBU?
Being part of a group of people facing the same challenges and exhilarating experiences is an important support network. SoDoc offers PhD and post doc students a social hub, a place to seek advice and information, for practical, academic and social reasons. As a group, we can improve research life at NMBU. We are always looking for new ways to make life as a PhD researcher at NMBU better!