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Postgraduates of Biological Chemistry, Biophysics and Bioengineering Society


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2015-Current: Institute Lab Manager, IB3, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK
2011-2014: Lab Manager, Fibrosis Lab, Newcastle University, Newcastle Upon-Tyne, UK
2010-2011: Medical Lab Assistant, South Tyne side District Hospital, Tyne and Wear, UK

Having an interest in science from a young age, Krystena studied Pharmacology at university. She has taken a technical career path; as a Laboratory Manager she is required to develop expertise in a broad range of areas, which she finds hugely satisfying. For the Institute of Biological Chemistry, Biophysics and Bioengineering she takes responsibility for the smooth running of the research facilities including laboratory health and safety, budgeting and cost recovery. She also plays a key role in research projects, for example developing new molecular biology techniques, and takes time to participate in public outreach activities. She enjoys the fact that every day she gets to work with, help and advise many great and aspiring scientists.

Krystena is a Registered Scientist with the Science Council and over the past year has been working closely with professional membership bodies for example HEaTED, the Institute of Science and Technology and the Royal Society of Biology to promote professional registration amongst technical staff, talking at events across the UK.

Selected Publications

Wilson CL, Jurk D, Fullard N, Banks P, Page A, Luli S, Elsharkawy AM, Gieling RG, Chakraborty JB, Fox C, Richardson C, Callaghan K, Blair GE, Fox N, Lagnado A, Passos JF, Moore AJ, Smith GR, Tiniakos DG, Mann J, Oakley F and Mann DA (2015) NF╬║ B1 is a suppressor of neutrophil-driven hepatocellular carcinoma. Nature Communications 6. ARTN 6818. ISSN 2041-1723

George DR, Callaghan K, Guy JH, Sparagano OAE (2008) Lack of prolonged activity of lavender essential oils as acaricides against poultry red mite (Dermanyssusgallinae) under laboratory conditions. Research in Veterinary Science 85(8), pp.540-542