Anais Kahve  Anais grew up in South West London but moved to Leeds to complete her Bachelor’s degree in Natural Sciences (Industrial) where she majored in Chemistry and minored in Biochemistry. In her third year she spent twelve months working for a chemical company as a Formulation Development Chemist in the Netherlands. In 2014 she then went on to study for an MSc in Toxicology at the University of Surrey and conducted her dissertation at Syngenta, the agrochemical company, in Bracknell. The aim was to write a Draft Registration Report to send to the European Commission, thereby defending the case for the approval of the re-registration of a Syngenta-formulated fungicide. Anais is now working in Prof Noel Morgan’s group at the University of Exeter to further understand the mechanisms of fatty acid transport in beta cells.


Q. What does a “day in the life of” look like for you?

A. Having only just started my PhD I am still in the process of reading the relevant literature and understanding the techniques I will be using for the project. So far the job is a nine to five which allows me to enjoy my evenings with friends – a nice change from spending every evening in the library revising for exams!


Q. What made you want to work in your current job?

A.The job is exciting as it is extremely multidisciplinary. It allows me to build on my existing knowledge of fatty acid transport, from Undergraduate level, and toxicology, from Master’s level, and apply these to an area of science which is new to me: diabetes. My colleagues are all very supportive and I am thoroughly enjoying my time here.


Q. When you’re not working, what do you like to do for fun?

A. In my spare time I enjoy playing tennis, going to yoga classes, cycling and skiing. Having just moved to Exeter, I am looking forward to exploring the area and going to the beach!



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