First of all, congratulations on your thesis prize! How do you feel?
I am very proud of this achievement and so grateful to all who supported me throughout the PhD, especially my clinical and academic supervisors!
Briefly, tell us about your background and career up to this point?
I completed my training in the Philippines and after a few years in the UK working in medicine, intensive care units and cardiology, I took on a pioneering role as a cardiac genetics nurse at King’s College Hospital and Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital.
It became apparent that there were gaps in the care of those impacted by inherited cardiac conditions and this inspired me to undertake a PhD. My research training and interest in getting more nurses & midwives engaged in research led me to an Associate Director of Clinical Research role at St Bartholomew’s Hospital.
When the Genomics Medicine Service Alliances (GMSAs) formed, I became the Nursing & Midwifery Director/Chief Nurse for two regions, facilitating the embedding of genomics in everyday practice.
What has your experience of doing PhD at King’s been like?
I felt supported all throughout. Despite COVID-19, I completed my degree to a high standard thanks to my incredible supervisory team. I made lifelong friendships with other students and have a fantastic network within the Faculty. I also learned French, took leadership and teaching courses, and attended interdisciplinary events which supported my development in so many ways.
What advice would you give to your 18-year-old self?
Never give up on your dreams and no matter how small or slow the steps, you will eventually get there so don’t be too impatient!
What are your hopes for 2023?
I hope to build on my research and continue to grow as a clinical academic and support others who are also on this journey. I have several projects on the go which I hope will have a positive impact on patients and families affected by genetic conditions.
What do you think people in the Faculty would find most surprising about you?
I once produced and starred in an exercise video (for cardiac rehab so nothing too intense!).
What’s your hidden talent?
I am good at repairing things-small tech items, household appliances, etc…
Describe yourself in three words…
Friendly, positive, inquiring.
Your biggest inspiration?
My mother, a life-long learner who instilled values in me that keep me striving to do my best.
I will try anything but love to eat South East Asian food.