Dr Helen Blackshaw, Programme Manager & Senior Research Associate
With a background both in science and finance, I joined UCL in 2012 as the Senior Research Associate and Programme Manager of the evidENT team.
Prior to UCL, I completed a first class honours degree in Biochemistry at the University of Southampton in 2003 and a PhD in Cell Biology at Queen Mary University of London in 2009. During this PhD my dermatology-based research focused on the behaviour of epidermal stem cells in response to apoptotic stimuli. Following my PhD I continued to work at QMUL to enhance the culturing of skin keratinocytes for use in skin grafting. My further post-doctoral work has widened into the field of veterinary medicine, where I investigated the molecular basis of an inflammatory equine disease within the clinical research department at the Royal Veterinary College. I combine an interest in science with a financial background, having also worked for a top tier investment bank in my early twenties.
Within the evidENT team my research currently focuses on developing clinical research questions into funding applications for clinical trials and other high quality clinical studies. I am always keen to talk to new researchers with trial ideas who require practical, methodological and financial advice in setting up their studies.
My work within the ENT Specialty Group has also given me a great knowledge of the functioning of the NIHR Clinical Research Network and the support they can provide to portfolio studies. Utilising my project management strengths I also monitor the budget for the team, supervise junior researchers and line-manage team members within my role as Programme Manager.
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