Cristina Fernández

Involvements in SRUK

I am a third-year PhD student at Cardiff University (Wales, UK). After completing my bachelor and master studies in Biochemistry in Madrid (Spain), I was awarded a studentship by the BBSRC in the SWBio DTP and I moved to the UK to pursue a career in science, starting my PhD in Biomolecular Sciences. I soon realised there was a still-existing gap in researchers´ doctoral training between lab-based skills and transferable and soft skills, the latter increasingly becoming more valuable both in an academic and non-academic environment. Pursuing to get a scientist well-rounded skill set, I undertook a BBSRC-funded professional internship for PhD student at The Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT, from its Spanish initials) where I worked under the supervision of Dr Izaskun Lacunza in the International Projects Unit. I there got my first taste of the work of science outreach and public engagement.

I am the co-founder of the Innovation In Isolation and co-organiser of the Cardiff Science Cafe.