Elle Lindsay - PhD Researcher at University of Glasgow

Issued: Tue, 30 Jun 2020 00:00:00 BST

Tell us a fun fact about yourself

I am trying to teach myself Italian!

Tell us about your careers journey so far

After studying Biology, Chemistry and Maths at A Level, I chose to study Biology at University, and I graduated with a 1st (hns). Straight after graduating, I accepted my PhD position. My research examines the gut microbiota (bacteria in the intestines) of Atlantic salmon in relation to their metabolic rate. I am trying to find out whether the bacteria (tiny living organisms) in the guts of the fish have an impact on the salmon’s energy budget. I am specifically interested in comparing the difference between farmed and wild Atlantic salmon, because the species is so widely used within aquaculture.  I want to understand whether the differences between farmed and wild salmon are due to genetics or environment!

What was your favourite subject in school and why?

I loved all subjects; I really enjoyed the diversity offered by school. I probably enjoyed English Literature and Physics most of all – my teachers were incredible! It wasn’t until college that I became more passionate about Biology.

What subjects/qualifications are useful for your role?

To do a scientific PhD you need to have a degree in the subject you want to research. For me, this was Biology, but PhDs are available in many different subjects if you want to take your learning further. A research PhD requires lots of different skills though, so you need to be adaptable and able to develop new skills rapidly!.

What is a normal day in your role like?

There is no such thing as a “normal day” when carrying out a PhD – every day is different. Over the past few years I have had long days running experiments or analysing samples in the lab, mixed with days spent in meetings collaborating with other academics on their research. I have spent days writing scientific papers or my thesis (a big book on my research) and countless days carrying out statistical analyses.

What's your favourite thing about your job?

Communicating with other researchers and being exposed to all of the interesting scientific research being carried out worldwide.

Can you suggest an activity that could be done at home that illustrates an aspect of your work?
Please share links to relevant resources.

Check out this video summarising some of my work: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b7sqNqgApww&feature=share

For adults with an interest, check out this paper: https://royalsocietypublishing.org/doi/10.1098/rspb.2020.0184



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