Claire Sayers

I was focusing on the genetics of the malaria parasite to help understand the biology and ultimately find novel drug targets.

I have always been inquisitive and science became my “fun” subject in high school. A degree in Science was just the next step as I followed my interests.

In my PhD I was focusing on the genetics of the malaria parasite to help understand the biology and ultimately find novel drug targets. The dynamic nature of my research kept me engaged and motivated. The challenges I faced during my PhD made me realise what I am capable of overcoming and achieving. I enjoyed the independence of my studies, but also knowing that someone was always there to help when I needed it!

The Megan Klemm Postgraduate Research Award gave me the financial support required to attend an overseas conference and visit labs in the US, Germany and the Netherlands. These experiences were important steps in achieving my PhD goals and for my future career opportunities.

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