UCL Division of Medicine


Early Career Researcher Network

The Early Career Researcher (ECR) Network provides support and advice to researchers in the early stages of their career within the UCL Division of Medicine.

We provide a friendly and inclusive forum for PhD students, postdocs, research fellows, research assistants and technicians to discuss issues concerning research careers and researcher wellbeing. We also explore alternative career options through the information events and workshops.

Your ECR Committee Members

The committee acts as your representatives in the Division of Medicine Athena SWAN self-assessment team. We want to meet the needs of early career researchers and we welcome comments and suggestions on issues and events you would like us to consider.

Contact us: med.ecr-network@ucl.ac.uk

  • George Robinson, Research Fellow, Inflammation (Co-chair, 2023-)
  • Angela Tam, Senior Research Fellow, Rheumatology (Co-chair, 2023-)
  • Lizzy Rosser, Senior Research Fellow, Inflammation (ECR Lead, 2023-)
  • Marie-Belle El Mdawar, Research Fellow, UCL Respiratory (Previous co-chair)
  • Sandra Gomez Lopez, Senior Research Fellow, UCL Respiratory (Previous co-chair)
  • Puja Mehta, Clinical Research Fellow, UCL Respiratory (Clinical chair, 2021-)
  • Pilar Acedo Nuñez, Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Liver and Digestive Health
  • Adrian Brown, NIHR Lecturer and Senior Research Fellow in Nutrition & Dietetics
  • Zoe Whiteman, Postdoctoral Researcher, UCL Respiratory
  • Jude Holmes, PhD student, Imaging (Research Assistant ECR Representative)
  • Claire Beesley, PhD student, Inflammation
  • Efstathia Papada, Lecturer, Nutrition
  • Connar Mawer, PhD student, Respiratory
  • Rym Abida, PhD student, Inflammation

Spotlight on early career researchers

Early career researchers within the Division of Medicine share their interests, experiences, challenges, and successes. Nominate an early career researcher at med.ecr-network@ucl.ac.uk.

Dr Thomas McDonnell

Thomas McDonnell, Inflammation

Dr. Thomas McDonnell shares his recent fellowship success and career journey in academic research.

Dr Nish Arulkumaran

Nishkantha (Nish) Arulkumaran

Nish shares his recent publication success and career journey as a clinical scientist in research.

Dr Mariana Diniz and Dr Leo Swadling

Mariana and Leo, Infection and Immunity

Dr Mariana Diniz and Dr Leo Swadling share their achievements in the fields of immunology and infection.

George Robinson

George Robinson, Adolescent Rheumatology

George tells us about his Versus Arthritis Career Development Fellowship award and plans for the future.

Pilar Acedo

Pilar Acedo, Institute for Liver and Digestive Health

Pilar tells us about how she became Junior Principal Investigator and co-head of the Pereira/Acedo Lab.

Masahiro Yoshida & Kaylee Worlock

Masahiro Yoshida & Kaylee Worlock, UCL Respiratory

Masahiro and Kaylee discuss their new work on immune response to SARS-CoV-2 infection in children and adults.

ECR Events

We organise events relevant for early career researchers from both basic science and clinical backgrounds.

International Women’s Day 2024: Women’s Health Research Spotlight Seminar

  • Keynote speaker Dr Nicky Keay: Female sex hormones and exercise during the life cycle
  • Dr Hannah Peckham: Complex interplay between sex chromosomes, sex hormones and class-switch recombination of B lymphocytes.
  • Dr Julia Zollner: Is genetics the key to understanding intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy?
  • Florence Rowe RD: Investigation into the Association Between Hormones Levels, Vitamin D, and Muscle in Peri and Post-Menopausal Women.

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How-to guide: Fellowships at UCL (October 2023)

Dr Jenny Cowan (Wellcome Trust Henry Dale Fellow) discusses life as a post-doc abroad, applying for independent fellowships and choosing a good sponsor institute.

Dr Lizzy Rosser (Kennedy Trust Senior Research Fellow) offers insights into her UCL journey and the top ‘tips & tricks’ she’s learnt from applying for six UCL fellowships.

Jenny and Lizzy

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Navigating the internal UCL Fellowship Application Process

  • Marion Atkinson (Deputy Director of Operations, Faculty of Medical Sciences)
  • Prof Derek Gilroy (Scientific Director, Division of Medicine)

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Fellowship applications for ECRs

Featuring speakers from the BHF, MRC, CRUK and NIHR.

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Is allyship even possible?

July 2023

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Dr Naftali Kaminski views the role of men in the fight for gender equity in medicine. He is Boehringer-Ingelheim Endowed Prof. Internal Medicine and Chief of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at Yale School of Medicine.

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Communicating science

June 2023

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Prof. Christina Pagel (UCL Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences) tells us about using information to help people within the health service make better decisions by presenting data in a more intuitive way.

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Chasing my cure to chasing our cures

March 2023

David Fajgenbaum

David Fajgenbaum is national bestselling author of 'Chasing My Cure: A Doctor's Race to Turn Hope into Action'. While battling idiopathic multicentric Castleman disease (iMCD), he discovered a treatment that is saving his life and others.

Event summary

International Women's Day 2022

For the 2022 International Women's Day (IWD) celebration female researchers in the Division of Medicine joined forces to invite reflection and inspire everyone in academia to 'Break the Bias'.

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The ECR Network also released the first edition of its new Podcast with Prof Liz Jury and Prof Rachel Batterham, who shared their inspiring stories with Dr Puja Mehta and Dr Adrian Brown.

IWM 2022 Podcast