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About us

We, the editors, are a team of curious and committed volunteer PhD students and research staff working in partnership with the University of Oxford’s Careers Service. Our role is to source career profiles from a range of fascinating sectors written by researchers with backgrounds spanning the humanities, social sciences, physical and life sciences.

You can find out more about us below, or contact us to ask us a question or volunteer a profile!


Current Editors

Natasha Sahgal

Natasha Sahgal
Team Lead and Co-ordinating Editor

Former Position: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Ludwig Institute of Cancer Research, University of Oxford

Past Course: PhD in Applied Biotechnology, Cranfield University

Natasha is a computational biologist with a background in Biological Sciences and Biochemistry, and her research focused on human and cancer genetics. In her personal time, she likes travelling, gardening and spending time with family. Connect with Natasha on LinkedIn.

Thomas Nicol

Thomas Nicol
Events/Outreach Co-lead and Editor

Current Position: Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Cardiovascular Medicine, Radcliffe Department of Medicine, University of Oxford

Past Course: PhD in Molecular Genetics, Open University and MRC Harwell Institute

Thomas is a molecular biologist with a particular interest in understanding how the mitochondria produce energy for the cell and how this process is regulated by nitric oxide (NO). In his spare time he enjoys travelling, hiking and reading. Connect with Thomas on LinkedIn.

Sara Falcone

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Media/Outreach Co-lead and Editor

Current Position: Postdoctoral Researcher, Centre for Cellular and Molecular Physiology, Nuffield Department of Medicine, University of Oxford.

Past Course: PhD in Mouse and Molecular genetics, MRC Harwell Institute

Sara is a veterinary surgeon with an interest in molecular biology. Originally from Italy, she is now a postdoc in Oxford investigating genetic and environmental factors in the onset, development and severity of type 1 diabetes in multiple species. In her spare time she likes hiking, travelling and cooking.

Wenjun Huang

Editor for Research Careers – Beyond Academia

Current Position: DPhil in Clinical Medicine, University of Oxford.

Wenjun is currently doing her DPhil at Ludwig Institute in Oxford. Her research focuses on the understanding of the role of DNA modification in gene regulation. Wenjun is originally from China and likes running in her spare time. Connect Wenjun on Linkedln.

Asha Bayliss

Editor for Research Careers – Beyond Academia

Former Position: Senior Postdoc at Oxford Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism, University of Oxford

Past Course: PhD in Molecular Biology, University of Cambridge

Asha has over a decade of experience in bioscientific research. However, she has decided that she would like more flexibility in her working life to be able to care for a young family, so she set up her own virtual assistant services business. She enjoys baking, cycling, and spending time with her family. Connect with Asha on LinkedIn

Edward Lucas

Editor for Research Careers – Beyond Academia

Current Position: DPhil candidate in Politics

Edward’s research focuses upon nineteenth-century socialism, particularly on the conception of religion among British socialists. He also has interests in contemporary political philosophy, including in debates about the nature of concepts such as liberty and equality. Connect with Edward on LinkedIn.

Melissa Alexander

Editor for Research Careers – Beyond Academia

Current Position: DPhil Candidate in English

Melissa is an AHRC-awarded DPhil English Researcher at the University of Oxford. Her research focuses on Virginia Woolf and the object’s prominence in modernist debates regarding aesthetics, philosophy, and community. Her research interests include literary periodisation, object aesthetics and material culture, and eighteenth- and early-twentieth-century philosophy.

Amanda Thomas

Editor for Research Careers – Beyond Academia

Current Position: DPhil Candidate in Linguistics

Amanda’s AHRC-funded DPhil research combines historical data with formally explicit linguistic theories to provide detailed analyses of changes that have affected Portuguese grammar, particularly looking at verb forms. Outside her academic work, she is enthusiastic about rowing (as a participant and a coach) and enjoys reading fiction, swimming and cycling. Connect with Amanda on LinkedIn.

Sophie Payne

Editor for Research Careers – Beyond Academia

Current position: Post-doctoral research scientist, Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics, University of Oxford

Past course: British Heart Foundation 4-year PhD Programme in Cardiovascular Biomedicine, University College London 

Sophie is a developmental biologist, whose research focuses on understanding the regulatory pathways that drive the growth of coronary blood vessels, both in development and following injury. In her spare time, Sophie enjoys gardening, baking, reading, and spending time with her young family. Connect with Sophie on LinkedIn.

Marina Diotallevi

Editor for Research Careers – Beyond Academia

Current Position: Postdoctoral researcher, Cardiovascular Medicine, Radcliffe Department of Medicine, University of Oxford

Past Course: PhD in Molecular Biology and Immunology, Brighton and Sussex Medical School, 2017

Marina is passionate about post-translational modification of proteins and their role in the immune system. She also recently developed an interest in data science. Originally from France, Marina loves good food, having a great time and running when it is not raining. Connect with Marina on LinkedIn.

Gabriela Belsley

Editor for Research Careers – Beyond Academia

Current Position: DPhil in Biomedical Imaging, University of Oxford.

Gabriela is a Biomedical Engineer and a third year DPhil student in the Oxford Nottingham Biomedical Imaging CDT. She works in the Centre for Clinical Magnetic Resonance Research, at the John Radcliffe Hospital, on developing quantitative magnetic resonance imaging methods for better diagnosis and treatment of liver diseases. In her spare time, she likes hiking through nature, reading, playing the piano, running and swimming.

Previous Coordinating Editors

Jessica Hedge
Jessica Hedge

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Inga Koneczny
Inga Koneczny

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Natasha
Natasha Rhys

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