Dr Christine Flaxman graduated from the University of Wales College of Cardiff with a degree in Microbiology with Genetics. She completed a PhD at the University of Warwick studying antibiotic biosynthesis in the soil bacterium Streptomyces coelicolor. She subsequently worked at the Forensic Science Service where she worked in the research department on DNA profiling techniques, before training as an expert witness to report results of casework to the police. After a career break, to look after her children when they were young, she started working for the Clinical Research Facility as an administrator working on research studies involved with the onset and progression of diabetes.

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

A. Since I started working in the team 3 months ago every day has been varied and different. I try to support the team in any way I can.

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

A. I think the team’s research into what processes and mechanisms are involved in the onset and progress of diabetes is really interesting and exciting. If we can understand more about diabetes, hopefully this will lead to improvements in diagnosis and treatment for people with the disease.


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

A. I like running, cycling and spending time playing with my children.