Patricia Thomas  Trish joined the IBEX team in September 2015. She graduated from the University of Chester where she gained a BSc (Hons) in Nutrition and Dietetics which included multiple working placements within the NHS. She then went on to complete a Masters of Research (MRes) in Cellular and Molecular Physiology with the University of Liverpool and subsequently joined the University of Exeter to undertake a PhD. Her research will focus on investigating the relationships between fatty acid metabolism and the control of viability in human β-cells, supervised by Professor Noel Morgan.

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

A. I start my day fuelled by coffee, writing out protocols for the days experiments and planning the week ahead. I then work in the lab for the majority of the day, collecting data to answer the specific medical question that I work on. The part of my day not spent in the lab is dedicated to reading journal articles in order to keep up-to-date in my field, writing abstracts for conferences, apply for grant funding to go to conferences, working on presentations for seminars and public engagement events, and teaching.

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

A.I absolutely love working in science. Each day holds a new set of challenges I am never bored! There is a great satisfaction knowing that what you are doing helps people, and that you are contributing towards improving the quality of life of individuals with type 2 diabetes. Additionally, being surrounded by a great team of people who are as passionate and driven as you makes this job unique, I couldn’t imagine doing anything else with my life.

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

A. Outside of work I love to play the piano, cook whilst drinking fine wines; and spending time with friends and family. I also volunteer with children with learning disabilities, which I great a great deal of enjoyment from. I enjoy walking on the moors, cycling round the Devon countryside and exploring new places at home and abroad. I have two house rabbits, which are my children, so there is also much time cuddling bunnies!

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