CL in Infectious Diseases
Dr Nicole Stoesser
Pathway to a Clinical Lectureship
I did medicine as a graduate in London and was interested in infectious diseases research from the start, getting involved in laboratory and epidemiological projects at the earliest opportunity. I took a year out of medical training to manage several study sites as part of a multi-national trial of a new drug for 'Clostridium difficile' infection, and subsequently spent a year in South-East Asia undertaking various epidemiological studies of infectious diseases in Cambodia. I then came back to Oxford to do a PhD and am currently a clinical lecturer working within the Modernising Medical Microbiology (MMM) consortium. Much of my work in MMM focused on the use of sequencing and genomics to understand the transmission and epidemiology of important bacterial pathogens, and on using novel sequencing methods in microbiological/pathogen diagnostics.
What does the work involve?
My time is divided between clinical work and research, with a bit of teaching of undergraduates and graduates, and supervision of PhD students/research assistants. I am involved in about 20 projects, and at all stages, ranging from developing hypotheses, writing grants/ethics applications, performing sampling and lab work, and doing sequencing and statistical analysis, to writing up and disseminating results. I also participate in the group’s public engagement events, and in peer review of manuscript and grant applications for scientific journals and research councils.
Although academic medicine is a busy career, a CL post builds in dedicated time to do research whilst allowing me to continue clinical training and commitments. Clinical work helps me focus my research on the questions that are most relevant to patients. My CL post has given me the opportunity to simultaneously develop as a doctor and a scientist.
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