Amy Peasland graduated in 2000 with a BSc(Hons) in Biological Sciences (Microbiology, European Union). During this initial degree, She spent a year conducting research at the University of the Algarve, Portugal. Having developed a growing interest in cell biology and cancer, she stayed on in Leicester to complete an MSc in Molecular Pathology and Toxicology. Amy followed this with a PhD on childhood leukaemia in Newcastle.
Amy is now the manager of the Central Biobank in Newcastle. This is a facility where human tissue specimens, for example “waste” bone when someone has a hip replacement, or cancerous tissue removed from a tumour, is stored. Academics and biomedical companies can apply to use these samples in their research. As well as describing this role, Amy gave some sensible advice on choosing the “right” PhD for you, and on knowing when and why to swap from an academic career into a more secure post. She was also able to offer some insights into the merits of doing a sandwich year.