Ms Steph Smith

Research Assistant

Background

I recently joined the vet school as a part-time research assistant for Jill Mackay working on educational research within the VMED group. My background is population genetics, molecular ecology and evolutionary biology. Despite studying wild systems during my PhD, I spent over 5 years as a post-doc working on a domesticated species (the dairy cow) at Scotland’s Rural College. I am particularly interested in the application of genetic approaches to tackle issues in conservation biology and sustainable living. I also try and participate in teaching and science communication when I can as I think it is very important to communicate research to the public and wider audiences and share the exciting aspects of science.