Mairead took the taught section and project in different years, showing how the MSc can be fitted into a working career.
Before embarking on the MSc in Quantitative Genetics and Genome Analysis in 2007, I had obtained a PhD from the National University of Ireland, Cork, in epidemiology and was working on disease susceptibility in cattle. I completed the taught stage of the MSc in May 2008 and rejoined my employer in Ireland for 18 months. I returned to Edinburgh and undertook my MSc project in June 2010 with Profs Liz Glass and Stephen Bishop on the genetics of TB susceptibility in cattle. I graduated with the MSc in November 2010.
I am now working as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh, focusing on the genetic epidemiology of infectious disease.
I obtained my first degree in Mathematics and Statistics from the University of Edinburgh. I had little knowledge of biology or genetics prior to starting the MSc course in Quantitative Genetics and Genome Analysis in 2000 but found the course gave me an excellent grounding in the field. I completed a PhD in Statistical Genetics at the University of Edinburgh directly after the MSc course. After my PhD I took up a lecturing position in genetic epidemiology at Cardiff University for 2 years. In 2005 I then moved to my current position at Queensland Institute of Medical Research, in Brisbane, Australia. In Brisbane I lead a small group investigating gene mapping approaches in human genetics.
This article was published on Mar 7, 2015