Student representatives

If you have an informal query, you may prefer contacting a student rep, based at your local institution.

Our 2013 student representatives are...

For Aberdeen:

Jennifer Harbottle (Aberdeen), at
Personal note: Hi there! I was born and brought up in France but went on to University in the UK and I am now studying for a PhD in Human Nutrition at the Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health, University of Aberdeen. I am particularly interested in phytochemicals and whether or not chronic, low dose exposure elicits an adaptive response in the cell that enhances resistance to acute oxidative or electrophilic stress. In my spare time, I like to dabble in photography and explore the Scottish countryside but a good book and a glass of wine also make for a good alternative on dark and rainy evenings! Please feel free to drop me an e-mail if you would like to meet up or have a chat, I would be more than happy to discuss any queries you may have.

For Dundee:

Sybille Mittmann (Dundee), at
Personal note: Hi! I am Sybille, a PhD student at the Plant Sciences Division of the University of Dundee. My PhD's aim is to better understand meiosis and recombination in the crop barley and to identify genes/proteins and mechanisms that can be manipulated in the breeder's favour. I am using a forward-genetics approach that includes mapping and characterizing a meiotic mutant that is deficient in forming the synaptonemal complex. When I am not in the lab, I enjoy baking, board games, ceilidh dancing and a good book. If you have any queries, problems, suggestions or just want to meet and chat, come find me or drop me an email!

For Edinburgh:

Personal note: I am originally from a small town called Dumfries in the south of Scotland, but moved up to Fife when I was nine years old, a county located just outside Edinburgh. I subsequently moved to Edinburgh, and studied my undergraduate degree in Neuroscience at Edinburgh University, before completing master’s degree in Integrative Neuroscience at the same institution. I am currently studying my PhD at the Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine, which is also part of Edinburgh University. My project is to investigate the role of a protein known as eEF1A2, which is involved in mRNA translation, in ageing, epilepsy and intellectual disability. In my spare time, I enjoy playing and watching tennis, playing board and card games (I am part of the University society for this), playing video games, cooking and spending time with friends and family. I am very keen to get to know you all and I wish everyone the best of luck with their projects.

Personal note: Hi there! I'm studying for my PhD at the University of Edinburgh as part of the EASTBIO doctoral training partnership. Over the next four years I'll be attempting to understand how variation in environmental conditions impacts the relationships between mothers and offspring, and what effect this has on their growth, survival and future reproduction. I'll be using the St. Kilda population of Soay sheep as my study system, braving all that the Scottish weather has to throw at me to collect behavioural data on the interaction of ewes and lambs given between- and within-year variation in their island habitat. When I'm not working on the PhD I tend to be exploring the beautiful city of Edinburgh and getting in some horse riding, a hobby I've enjoyed since I first begged my dad to let me have a lesson at the age of 6. I've also found it to be a great source of stress-relief when feeling a bit snowed under with work.

Personal note: Hi, I’m Laura. I’m based over at the Roslin Institute, Edinburgh University. My PhD project is on the establishment and development of the lung bacterial flora in sheep. I chose this project due to my love bacteria and my interest in the microbiome which developed during my masters. Outside of science, my interests are animation, films, reading and ping pong. If you ever want to have a chat, feel free to pop along and see me.

Personal note: Hi there! I'm Laura and I'm currently doing my PhD in the Neurobiology
department based at the Roslin Institute. My project is focused on how subpopulations of mitochondria affect the stability of the synapse, particularly during ageing and disease processes. I've just moved to Edinburgh from Dundee, after completing my undergraduate degree in neuroscience there. Outside of science, I enjoy travelling, cooking and socialising. I look forward to meeting you all at our annual symposium in
August; however please don't hesitate to contact me should you have any
queries before then.

For St Andrews:

Georgina Glaser (St Andrews), at
Personal note: I have just begun my PhD on context-dependent decision making in hummingbirds and parasitic wasps. I currently live in Dundee, and moved here from Belfast after finishing my Master's degree in Animal Behaviour and Welfare at Queen's University. Before that I lived in Cardiff, where I attended the University of Glamorgan and completed my undergraduate degree in International Wildlife Biology. If you would like to get in touch, please feel free to send me an email :)