Scientific or medical research editor/ writer/ proof reader
Scientific Researcher, academic science writer/ editor: Analytical Chemistry, Natural Chemistry, Environmental Toxicology, Biochemistry.
A brief summary of education and experience:
-Four years experience as a Research Associate at Kings College London University,
-PhD in Environmental Toxicology and Microbiology,
-Scientific Editorial Assistant at British Journal of Cancer,
-BSc in Medical Biochemistry at Kings College London University.
I am hardworking, enthusiastic and reliable. I am highly motivated and take pride in completing tasks to the best of my ability.
Detailed outline of education and experience:
Research Associate on the Traffic project, Kings College London University:
The traffic project is a large multi-institution research project to better understand the health problems caused by air pollution and noise from traffic in London. My responsibility in this project was to determine pollution toxicity and metal content on a daily basis, then to construct an analytical data-set of daily time-series measurements comprising a comprehensive range of pollution metrics. This involved intensive laboratory processing as well as analysis and handling of a meta-database.
Research Associate on the Exhale study, Kings College London University:
The Exhale study is a project to assess the impact of the London Low Emission Zone (LEZ), introduced as a measure to improve the air quality in London. This study was designed to assess the impact of the LEZ on the respiratory health of school children in East London.
My responsibility in this study involved conducting health assessments in 8-9 year-old children, including measurements of respiratory health, biomarkers of exposure to traffic-related air pollution, genetic susceptibility to the effects of air pollution and systemic response to air pollution. As part of this study, we also provided education for the Year 4 class at each school we visited, teaching them about the science and history of air pollution.
BBSRC funded PhD Studentship, University of Dundee:
I completed a PhD in Environmental Toxicology, within the Division of Molecular Microbiology, investigating the toxicity and occurrence of a naturally occurring aquatic neurotoxin, produced by cyanobacteria (Blue-Green Algae). BMAA is associated with neurodegenerative diseases such as ALS and acts as an excitotoxin by hyper-activating glutamatergic Ca2+ signalling pathways.
This provided me with many skills including excellent research experience, independent project management, lateral thinking, multi-tasking, presentation and analytical skills. In addition I achieved a wealth of tertiary level teaching experience; directing practical laboratory demonstration for undergraduate courses, as well as being responsible for the full time supervision of undergraduate and master’s students. I developed very good communication skills, presenting my personal and collaborative research at many international conferences, to a range of medical and scientific disciplines.
August 2005 – February 2006 British Journal of Cancer, CRUK
Scientific Editorial Assistant
• Position included all aspects of assistance for publishing authors and editorial board, allowing me to develop my scientific communication skills and understanding of the peer-reviewed publishing process.
• Administrative duties included receipt and recording of manuscripts, proof reading, referencing and organising referees.
Selection of scientific publications:
Purdie, E.L., Samsudin, S., Eddy, F.B., Codd, G.A. Effects of the cyanobacterial neurotoxin β-N-methylamino-L-alanine on the early-life stage development of zebrafish (Danio rerio). 2009a. Aquatic Toxicology 95 (4), 279-284.
Purdie, E.L., Metcalf, J.S., Kashmiri, S., Codd, G.A. Toxicity of the cyanobacterial neurotoxin β-N-methylamino-L-alanine to three aquatic animal species. 2009b. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis 10 (S2), 67-70.
Purdie, E.L., Young, F.M., Menzel, D., Codd, G.A. A method for acetonitrile-free microcystin analysis and purification by high-performance liquid chromatography, using methanol as mobile phase. 2009c. Toxicon 54 (6), 887-890.
Banack, S.A., Downing, T.G., Spácil, Z., Purdie, E.L., Metcalf, J.S., Downing, S., Esterhuizen, M., Codd, G.A., Cox, P.A. Distinguishing the cyanobacterial neurotoxin β-N-methylamino-l-alanine from its structural isomer 2,4-diaminobutyric acid. 2010. Toxicon. 56 (6), 868-879.
Metcalf, J. S., Beattie, K. A., Purdie, E., Bryant, J. A., Irvine, L. M. & Codd, G. A. Analysis of microcystins and microcystin genes in 60-170-year-old dried herbarium specimens of cyanobacteria. 2012. Harmful Algae. 15, 47-52
Font, A., Baker, T. B., Mudway, I., Purdie, E., Dunster, C. & Fuller, G. Degradation in urban air quality from construction activity and increased traffic arising from a road widening scheme. 2014. Science of the Total Environment. 497-498, 123-132