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PhD student profile
Wilhelmine’s academic career started with a degree in chemistry, but has lead her - via an HIV laboratory in Tanzania and a Masters in the Control of Infectious Diseases - to an MRC studentship at the MRC CECH.
During the final year of her undergraduate degree in chemistry and French, Wilhelmine completed an internship at a hospital in Tanzania, working in an HIV laboratory on a study of pregnant women with HIV.
This was the start of her interest in infection and pregnancy, and the experience encouraged her to apply to the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine to complete a Masters in the Control of Infectious Diseases.
She put her qualification to use first in the USA, working on a programme to control vector-bourne diseases and then for the Health Protection Agency in England, doing surveillance on infections in injecting drug users, pregnant women and healthcare workers.
Wilhelmine saw a PhD as the next step in her career and applied for an MRC studentship at the Institute of Child Health.
"The ICH have a really great international reputation, and I knew people who’d done PhDs in this centre, and had the impression it was a really friendly and supportive centre to work in." It has lived up to its reputation and Wilhelmine has enjoyed working in the same centre as researchers who are leaders in their fields.
"I work with my supervisor very closely, and have the opportunity to go to presentations and seminars to find out what other people in the centre are doing. I’ve had a lot of opportunities to go to UCL courses and those run through other universities." Wilhelmine feels she is benefitting greatly from the training and support in statistics and epidemiology.
"And I’ve been to a few conferences, which is really fantastic." This includes presenting her research twice at the International Conference of Pharmacoepidemiology, the last one being in Chicago.
“I love doing research… I’m doing the PhD because I wanted to develop my skills and get better at what I’m doing, to have some experience of academia.” Studying here she admits can be stressful at times, “but it’s mostly just been enjoyable”.
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