Maisie Keogh - Doctoral Researcher in Biomedical Engineering at University of Strathclyde

Issued: Thu, 18 Jun 2020 00:00:00 BST

Tell us a fun fact about yourself

I have a very mischievous orange and white called cat Louis who sometimes helps me with my research.

Tell us about your careers journey so far

I have had a very varied academic career so far. I did my undergraduate degree in Chemistry at the University of Glasgow and I loved the practical aspect of it and being in the lab. I then did a Master's in Biofluid Mechanics at the University of Strathclyde much of which was computational and now I am working on a PhD in Biomedical Engineering. I like that I can use so many different skills and bring together my diverse knowledge and apply it to the challenges involved in stroke rehabilitation.

What was your favourite subject in school and why?

Human Biology was probably my favourite subject because I really enjoyed learning about anatomy and physiology and how the body functioned under various conditions. It is incredibly relevant to what I do today and I still find it fascinating.

What subjects/qualifications are useful for your role?

Biomedical Engineering is a discipline that incorporates so many different aspects of science and engineering that there is not a science subject that isn't useful for it! I would say that a good understanding of physics and maths is important and a real interest in human biology will be useful.

What is a normal day in your role like?

At the University, my typical day starts with answering emails and reviewing some academic journals for any new research that is relevant to my own. I then move into the lab where I work more on the methodology of my research and improve the technology. This is really important as I hope to be able to recruit more participants for my study to prove it's efficacy in the coming months. Some days I visit my local hospital where I volunteer on the stroke rehabilitation wards. This allows me to really understand the patient group I am trying to help. 

What's your favourite thing about your job?

Knowing that the research I am carrying out will hopefully one day, go onto improve the rehabilitation of many people who have been affected by stroke. This keeps me motivated to continue my work and to keep sharing it with others.

Can you suggest an activity that can be done at home that illustrates an aspect of your work?

My work is all about understanding movement better and in the lab I have a lot of cameras to help me record and analyse this. One fun activity can be to record yourself walking (you might need some help with this) or moving a part of your body such as your arm. As you do it, think about the muscles you are using to do this and how it feels. Now you can watch the recording back and see if you can identify the muscles which are doing the work. 


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