Researcher stories

Read about the career journeys of some of our researchers. Find out what makes research a rewarding career for them and the challenges they met along the way.  

Postgraduate training

Cherry Lim

Cherry's story: a career launched by first-hand experience and a good mentor

How do you go about building all the skills you need at the start of your research career? Cherry found a mentor to guide her through this journey.

Emilie with books in her hands

Emilie's story: the quest for a career combining academia and the creative industries

Moving between industry and academia has made Emilie a better thinker, researcher and practitioner. But to do a PhD, she has had to learn how to shift her skills and embrace new ways of working.

Upul Wickramasinghe

Upul's story: a clever blend of chemistry, activism and anthropology

To get into social science research, where his real interest lay, Upul had to do three Master's, find a supportive mentor and gain experience in different disciplines.

Postdoctoral research

Albert Antolin

Albert's story: a search for the ideal research environment

Albert always knew the type of research he wanted to do. But to find the right research environment he had to move from industry to academia, and to a new country.

Ben Brown

Ben's story: clinician, scientist and entrepreneur

Ben has always had a strong sense of what he wants to do. But as a clinician, he had to find ways to balance research with medical training and clinical practice.

Lucy Series

Lucy's story: a journey between different disciplines

Few careers are straightforward. Lucy took two years' break from academia, changed disciplines to return – and became a new parent just as she started her postdoc.

Leading a research programme

Liz Corbett

Liz's story: how she transformed HIV testing in Africa

As a world-renowned scientist, Liz had to navigate plenty of obstacles throughout her career – from getting support for early-stage research ideas to influencing international policy.

Patricia Kingori

Patricia's story: from research assistant to senior academic creating a better culture

Patricia wants younger researchers to have better support than she had around challenges like setbacks with research and balancing career and parenthood.

Stephen Graham

Stephen's story: to build a lab you have to build your team

For Stephen, setting up a lab meant dealing with some predictable challenges, like building a team, but also some unpredictable ones.