I am a PhD student in the Ice Nucleation Group at the Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science (ICAS), starting in October 2017 as a member of the NERC DTP cohort. My project is CASE partnered with cryopreservation specialists Asymptote Ltd (part of GE Healthcare) and I am co-supervised by Prof Helen Picton of the School of Medicine where I perform cell culture experiments.
I completed a BSc Geology at the University of Manchester in 2006 and subsequently spent a number of years working as a geoenvironemntal consultant. In 2016-2017 I completed an MRes in Climate and Atmospheric Science also at University of Leeds during which I completed a project investigating the composition of near source volcanic aerosol particles using laboratory analysis and remote sensing.
I hold student memberships of the Aerosol Society and the Society for Cryobiology
My project aims to develop our understanding of ice nucleation processes and apply them to atmospheric science (e.g. on cloud albedo, cloud lifetime and precipitation onset) and to cryopreservation of biological specimens. I am performing cold-stage experiments investigating the ice nucleating ability of mineral dust particles, in particular on the effect varying of mineralogy, particle size, aggregation and solute content. As well as being relevant to microphysical processes in clouds and their improved simulation in models they can be applied to the field of cryopreservation where uncontrolled ice nucleation can be detrimental to survival. In collaboration with my CASE partner am also therefore performing cryopreservation experiments on mamallian cell cultures to test the effectiveness of the most ice-active component of mineral dust as an ice nucleating agent. Potential wider implications of improved cryopreservation as a result of this project are a reduction in cost of ready-plated cells used in areas of medical research such as drug discovery.
Research groups and institutes
- Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science