Enas is a postdoctoral research assistant in the Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology, Nuffield Department of Orthopedics, Rheumatology, and Musculoskeletal Sciences. She discusses her experience as an Oxford UCB Fellow.
What is your research background?
I am a biologist by training and did a PhD in Biophysics and nano-technology.
WHAT ARE YOU RESEARCHING NOW?
I am studying basic function of the immune system , specifically CD8 T-cells and regulatory T-cells in an in vitro model system of 3D environments to shed light how can we harness those cells for therapeutic purposes.
What has your experience of this Fellowship been like?
It has been good! There is a friendly community of previous and current fellowship holders that allows us to exchange advice, as well as the opportunity to experience working with UCB and of the resources it can offer to assist our research.
Why do you think it is important for researchers to engage with industry?
It allows us first hand access to possible therapeutics being developed and for our research to influence how such therapies are developed.
Do you have any advice for applicants to this Fellowship?
Like any other fellowship, have a well-thought proposal with some preliminary data to prove its feasibility. But in general, I just think a research project you truly believe in!
What are your aspirations for the future of your research?
Hopefully it will be published in a top journal which will allow me to move onwards to an independent research position.