UCL Population Health Sciences


Alumni Spotlight: Sheila, Reproductive Science and Women's Health MRes

8 April 2024

We speak to Sheila, an alumna from the Reproductive Science and Women's Health MRes. Hear what Sheila has to say about her course and her career to date.

Sheila alumna headshot

Where is home?


Please tell us a bit about the work you are doing now.

I am currently a Ph.D. student at the University of South Australia with a full scholarship from the university, conducting research in a similar area to my previous work at UCL.

How did your UCL degree help you get to where you are now?

Before entering UCL, I had no prior knowledge of research and lacked experience in a laboratory setting. Fortunately, the program I chose provided me with the opportunity to acquire knowledge and learn about research methods and lab work. All of the professors and lecturers have been instrumental in providing me with valuable insights into the field of reproductive science and women's health, ultimately shaping my journey to where I am today.

What have been your career highlights?

Choosing the path of a Ph.D. and the academic route has undoubtedly become the highlight of my career. As a medical doctor, my initial focus had solely been on becoming a clinician. However, upon entering UCL and pursuing my master's, I had the opportunity to reevaluate my career trajectory. Meeting inspirational supervisors, including Dr. Kimberley Botting, Prof. Anna David, and the team, made me realize that being a successful clinician requires strong research skills. The dynamic nature of medicine demands a continuous commitment to evolving knowledge, and this dual role as a researcher and clinician has enriched my professional journey.

What would be your advice for current students?

Step out of your comfort zone and explore things you've never done before. As a student at a highly-ranked university with numerous amazing facilities and resources, don't be afraid to take on bigger challenges or seize new opportunities!

If you are interested in the Reproductive Science and Women's Health MRes, find out more.