Emma Sutton, PhD in Biomedical sciences

Tell us about your research:

My research is specifically looking into possible therapies for a childhood neuromuscular disorder called Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). This involves daily lab work looking into gene expression across whole body metabolically active tissues including muscle, spinal cord and heart etc. Particularly, I am assessing the therapeutic potential of a drug called mifepristone to better improve SMA pathology. I find this work incredibly interesting and there are always new and exciting findings that come from the data, making no two days the same. I chose this PhD as I have a great interest in neuromuscular disorders and want to give back to the patient community through research.

What do you plan to do after Keele?

After Keele there are several routes I could take. Particularly, I would hope to obtain a post-doctoral position, possibly abroad, continuing my work into SMA or similar neuromuscular / degenerative disorders.

What training did you find useful at Keele?

Teacher and demonstrator training has been useful at Keele as well as the many workshops on offer throughout the year such as 'how to plan your PhD' and 'how to create an academic poster'.