LondonHCSTN Board 2019-2020

Laura Margetts

Genomics Year 3
Great Ormond Street Hospital

Laura studied biochemistry at university while working in the NHS part-time and learned how genomics was making a difference to patients. Three years, two rejections and one STP acceptance later, she started her career at GOSH and hasn’t looked back.

“Questions you cannot answer are usually far better for you than answers you cannot question.” – Yuval Noah Harari


Emily O’Neill
Ophthalmic and Vision Sciences Year 2
Great Ormond Street Hospital

According to WHO, 2.2 billion people around the world are visually impaired or blind. Emily chose this specialism to contribute to the services and treatments available to help these individuals – She also thinks eyes are pretty amazing!

‘When kids look up to great scientists the way they do to great musicians and actors, civilisation will jump to the next level’ – Brian Greene

Catherine Redshaw
Cardiac Science Year 3
The Royal Brompton Hospital

Catherine is passionate about making a difference to patients lives. Cardiac scientists work directly with patients to improve their quality of life. Catherine finds her specialism rewarding knowing she has had a significant role in the patient journey.

‘A person who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life’ – Charles Darwin

Nana Mensah
Bioinformatics (Genomics) Year 3
Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Trust

Nana found his specialism while searching for Bioinformatics MSc programmes and it ticked every box – He feels fortunate to be able to develop tools for processing genomic data, contributing to the diagnosis and treatment of rare disease and cancer patients.

“DNA neither cares nor knows. DNA just is. And we dance to its music.” – Richard Dawkins


Lucy Bowen
Cardiac Science Year 3
Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Trust

Lucy chose cardiac science because of the crossover between scientific, personal, and clinical skills the role requires. She finds it exciting and varied learning the intricacies and importance of the heart as an organ.

‘Excellent is the enemy of the good’ — Anon

Emmeline Pinion
Haematology & Transfusion Year 3
St George’s NHS Foundation Hospital

Emmeline was drawn to the variety that her specialism has to offer, from diagnosing and monitoring blood disorders to ensuring patients receive safe and appropriate blood products. She loves how wide-reaching the specialism is as most patients will have Haematology blood testing performed at some point during their care.

‘The important thing is not to stop questioning.’ — Albert Einstein

Tim Husselbury
Cardiac Science Year 2
Barts Health NHS Trust

Tim chose this specialism because he wanted to have a patient facing role. He was also drawn to the myriad of career options cardiac science also provides in the NHS.

“The mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell.” — Anon


Laura Atkinson
Microbiology Year 2
Great Ormond Street Hospital

Laura chose Microbiology because of its importance. Everyone will be affected by an infection at some point in their lives and antimicrobial resistance is a big challenge. Laura believes there’s never been a more exciting time to be a microbiologist!

‘Everyone should love microbes, because they will always be with you even when you feel alone’ — Anon


Maria Lock
Bioinformatics (Genomics) Year 2
Great Ormond Street Hospital

Bioinformaticians have been able to utilise computer science to better understand genetics and help improve patients’ lives as a result – to Maria, that’s pretty amazing.

“If at first you don’t succeed; call it version 1.0” – Anon

Joe Marven
Cardiac Science Year 2
Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Trust

Joe chose Cardiac Science because he’s immensely excited by the opportunity to contribute to the successful diagnosis and treatment of cardiac conditions.

‘Science is the enemy of the certain’ – Brian Cox

James O’Sullivan
Medical Physics Year 2
Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

James chose this specialism to increase his knowledge of physics and apply it practically in a clinical healthcare setting.

“Nearly everything is really interesting if you go into it deeply enough.” ― Richard P. Feynman

Michael Jeffryes
Clinical Engineering Year 2
King’s College Hospital NHS Trust

The STP appealed to Michael because of the wide range of interesting work available and the ability to switch between patient facing and research roles.

“The art and science of asking questions is the source of all knowledge.” – Thomas Berger

Vala Biggart
Clinical Biochemistry Year 2
Barts Health NHS Trust

Vala chose clinical biochemistry for the breadth of the specialism. She’s stimulated by the fact that there’s always something new to learn.

“Science and everyday life cannot and should not be separated.” – Rosalind Franklin

Annie Cook
Clinical Biochemistry Year 3
Royal Surrey County Hospital

Annie chose clinical biochemistry for her love of the science – and because she thinks it’s the best specialism!

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