Biologist - Researcher
Education:2000-2004: High School (France); 2004-2006: College (France); 2006-2008: Université Paris 7 (Faculty of Medecine); 2008-2012: Universite Paris 7 (Undergrad and Master degree in Biology); 2012-2016: University of Manchester (PhD in Reproductive Biology)
Qualifications:Scientific Baccalauréat (Speciality Biology, France); BSc in Cell Biology and Physiology (Université Paris 7, France); MSc in Reproduction and Development (Université Paris 7, France); PhD in Reproductive biology (University of Manchester, UoM)
Work History:INRA - France; INSERM - France; University of Manchester
Research Scientist in Reproductive Biology @ Manchester Metropolitan University
I am investigating the effect of lifestyles on human sperm quality (involving DNA analysis and microscopy)
I really enjoy being in the laboratory and doing some experiments.
I have always been interested in reproductive biology to potentially find a way to help couples getting pregnant.
At the moment, I am working on the effect of lifestyles (such as if someone drinks alcohol, plays sports or smokes cigarettes) on the sperm parameters.
What are sperm parameters? It could be if the sperm cells move and how they move, also how much there are and how they look.
In the laboratory, I am using a technique called “Comet Assay” (because it looks like comets).
The DNA presents in sperm cells can be damaged and there is no system available in these cells to repair it. Smoking is known to damage DNA integrity. If the DNA is damaged, it will be fragmented. Therefore, when I apply an electric field on it, the fragmented DNA migrates and forms a comet tail (chemically induced fragmentation on the right picture).
I love fluorescence microscopy (look at my fluorescence pictures in my profile, most of them are mouse embryo)
Come and ask me some questions.
My Typical Day
Going to the lab, putting the radio on (to give the rhythm) and doing some exciting science.
This is a very difficult question because, in science, we don’t have typical days: we work really hard in the laboratory but it is exciting when your experiments work and give you a great result.
Due to the fact that I work with Human participants, my days are highly dependent on them. Moreover, I am involved in about 10 different projects and I am teaching techniques to students at the university. Therefore, I don’t have time to get bored.
What's the best thing you've ever done in your career?
Talking about science all over the world about people that become your friends.
What advice would you give someone who wants to be in the same career as you?
Believe in yourself
What do you see as your next step in your career?
Fellowship Biologist or maybe lecturer
What other sorts of jobs can you do with your qualifications?
What's the best part of your current job?
I work with participants: I really like being in contact with new people and recruting!
What don't you like about your current job?
Time flies so quick when I am in the lab