Network Board 2021-2022

Linda Shi
Ophthalmic & Vision Science Year 3
Great Ormond Street Hospital

Co-Chair for London HCSTN

Linda has a neuroscience background and entered the world of eyes after working on a macular degeneration project. Linda finds her specialism fascinating and rewarding: vision scientists are like detectives, piecing together a clearer understanding of a patient’s unique and complex visual world…

“I don’t know, but I can find out” – Most scientists on a daily basis, probably

Sophie Ward
Clinical Biochemistry Year 3
Imperial College Healthcare Trust

Co-Chair for London HCSTN

Sophie is passionate about working out patient diagnoses and finding the best patient care. The world of biochemistry is constantly evolving and there is always something new to learn!

“The good thing about science is that it’s true whether or not you believe in it” – Neil deGrasse Tyson

Helen Le Sueur
Bioinformatics (Physical Sciences) Year 3
Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust

Helen chose clinical bioinformatics (physical sciences) so that she could apply her love of coding and problem solving to healthcare. She loves that it requires many different scientific skills and she enjoys the variety of the role. Helen is also the representative for the Surrey, Hampshire and West Sussex trainee network.

“Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us […] To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known” ― Carl Sagan


Charlotte Plow
Reproductive Sciences Year 3
Centre for Reproductive & Genetic Health

1 in 7 couples experience difficultly conceiving. Charlotte chose to train as an embryologist in order to help patients through their fertility journey. It is a career she finds immensely rewarding and allows her to bring joy to patients through her teams’ work. Charlotte is passionate about education and research, and hopes to support all colleagues who choose a career in reproductive sciences.

“A person’s a person, no matter how small.”— Dr Seuss


Rachael Franklin
Medical Physics Year 3
South London Consortium

Physics is the most fun-damental of all the sciences, and I wanted to use my passion for exploring and understanding the world to help people and improve the NHS.

“I must go forward where I have never been instead of backwards where I have.” – Winnie the Pooh

Fatima Mahmood
Medical Physics Year 3
Imperial College Healthcare Trust

Fatima chose medical physics to combine her love for both physics and medicine. She especially sought a platform to follow both passions and make a difference to people’s quality of life

“I am just myself… And out that comes something positive.” – Nergis Mavalvala, Astrophysicist

Charlotte Jones
Clinical Engineering Year 3
King’s College Hospital

I chose Clinical Engineering as I saw it as an opportunity to apply fundamental engineering principles to understand and assess the function of the body and directly impact patients’ lives.

“If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants” – Isaac Newton

Alex Shaw
Clinical Biochemistry Year 2
Royal London Hospital

I chose Clinical Biochemistry because I wanted to work in a field where I can apply my laboratory skills and clinical knowledge to directly impact patients’ lives for the better.

“What we know is a drop, and what we don’t know is an ocean.” – Isaac Newton

Rebecca Hibberd
Histocompatability and Immunogenetics Year 1
Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

I chose my specialism as I am interested in both Immunology and Genetics and enjoy the unique way I can apply both to helping others. Organ donation is the gift of life and to be involved in the science that enables it happen is amazing!

“There is no complete theory of anything – Robert Anton Wilson

Ruth Braham
Genomics Year 3
Great Ormond Street Hospital

The STP gave Ruth a valuable opportunity to apply her personal interest in genetics to  patient care at a time where the specialism is transforming before her eyes.

“Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is knowing not to put it in a fruit salad. – Miles Kington

Katie Cheswick
Cardiac Science Year 3
Royal Brompton Hospital

My role is patient facing and I enjoy working with patients of all ages, from babies to the elderly. Being involved in a wide range of diagnostic, monitoring and interventional procedures is fascinating and provides me with the opportunity to work in a multidisciplinary team to improve patients’ lives.

“We cannot solve problems with the same thinking we used to create them.” – Albert Einstein

Gabriel Santos
Vascular Science Year 2
Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

Gabriel joined the STP to expand his knowledge in the field of biomedical science, and apply this in helping the lives of others. He values the importance of compassion and communication in everyday life, and within healthcare he often reminds patients, “there’s no silly question”. He enjoys working in a team, learning about ultrasound physics and haemodynamics, and the hand-eye coordination required for scanning – earlier years of video games paid off!

“Some people want it to happen […] others make it happen. – Michael Jordan

Ellie Parker
Cardiac Sciences Year 2
St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

I joined the STP, with a specialism in Cardiac Sciences, to allow me to combine my passion for cardiac sciences and my love for healthcare. The NHS cares for people at their most vulnerable, offering compassion when it is needed the most. I love that I am able to use my knowledge of cardiac sciences and scientific skills to directly impact patient care, providing the empathy to support patients in their most difficult times.

“Love each other or perish.” – Tuesdays with Morrie, Mitch Albom