I am proud to be an ASAPbio and eLife ambassador, supporting the use of preprints in biology research. Four of my manuscripts have now first appeared as preprints on bioRxiv and I hope many future ones too!
I also believe it’s an important part of a scientist’s role to engage with the public on research, and help communicate how basic research can impact and benefit wider society. Below are some of the Science communication activities and articles I have participated in.
Upcoming: 17th September – Curating @biotweeps.
On the week beginning the 17th September I will be taking on the curation of the @biotweeps twitter channel, which features a different biologist each week, discussing their work and interests, as well as their life as a scientist. I’ll be talking about viruses, protein synthesis and mass spec! For more details on @biotweeps please see https://biotweep.wordpress.com/about/
18th March – Cambridge Science Festival.
We ran activities looking at antibody binding and neutralisation of viruses, and how antibodies can be used to work out what diseases a patient has been exposed to. Over 80 people took part – some several times. We came to the shocking conclusion that there is lots of norovirus in Cambridge, and clearly it needs more funding!
28th Feb – Scicomm: Want to eradicate viruses? They made us who we are.
In a second article for The Conversation I talk about what are viruses really? Are they the particles we recognise from images in the media or actually the infected cells themselves? Even uninfected cells contain viruses (endogenous retroviruses) which are essential for life, and in infected cells there is vastly more ‘you’ involved in making new virus particles than comes from the virus itself. This article was subsequently taken up by a number of media outlets including IFLscience, phys.org, and the World Economic Forum. To read the original article please click here.
12th Jan – Scicomm: Why is the norovirus such a huge problem for the NHS?
Its peak norovirus season and hospitals are experiencing ward closures again. In this article I talk about how and why such an apparently mild virus is capable of causing this level of disruption in hospitals and what is being done to try and help avoid this in future. This article was originally written for The Conversation and was subsequently taken up by a variety of media outlets including IFLscience, the Independent, and the ‘i’ newspaper. To read the original article please click here.