Dr Rebecca Wyatt graduated with a BSc in Biological and Medicinal Chemistry from the University of Exeter in 2012. She then worked for 2 years in the Islet Autoantibody lab of the Diabetes and Metabolism group at the University of Bristol, before securing funding for a 3 year PhD. Rebecca's work focused primarily on developing new methods of detecting islet autoantibodies to enable better prediction of who will develop Type 1 diabetes. Having finished her PhD, she is now working with the IBEx team to characterise the immunopathological processes occurring within islets of patients with this autoimmune condition.
Q. What does a “day in the life of” look like for you?
A. A day usualy begins with some exercise and then a walk to the RILD building. After some breakfast and a cup of tea I make a "To Do" list for the day ahead. The day is spent spent planning or setting up experiments, reading articles or discussing results with colleagues. When work has finished for the day, it's another walk home.
Q. What made you want to work in your current job?
A. Spending time as a technician gave me experience of working in a lab and I realised how much I enjoyed designing, conducting and analysing experiments. Every day offers new challenges and opportunities to develop new skills and hopefully make a small contribution to the understanding of type 1 Diabetes.
Q. When you’re not working, what do you like to do for fun?
A. I like to spend time with friends and family enjoying the countryside. I also love baking and making cakes for friends, family and colleauges!