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Contact and CV

Contact:
Dr Samantha Louise Price 
PhD in Microbiology at De Montfort University, Leicester
Research Information Co-ordinator at the Motor Neurone Disease Association, UK





Employment:
Motor Neurone Disease Association, Northampton, UK (June 2012 - Present)
Research Information Co-ordinator: Main roles include science communication to employees, patients, general public, scientists and health care professionals associated with Motor Neuron Disease. Answering scientific queries regarding Motor Neuron Disease and Research at the association. Other tasks include writing magazine and blog articles about current research and editing and administering the production of the ‘Abstract book/ Program for the International symposium on ALS/MND. Microsoft database and spread-sheet log experience.
 
De Montfort University, Leicester, UK (October 2009 – March 2013)
Part-time postgraduate Lecturer and demonstrator: To date I have undertaken several academic roles at De Montfort University, whilst studying for my PhD, including demonstrating and supervising undergraduate practical classes, undergraduate and final year research projects (As a demonstrator). I have given formal lectures to the first, second and final year Biomedical Science (BSc. Hons) students. I have also marked assessed coursework for first year Biomedical Science (BSc. Hons) students. During this role I've gained leadership skills, communication skills (verbal and written) and teaching skills.

University Hospitals of Leicester, Leicester, UK (October 2006 - October 2009)
Student Biomedical Scientist/Trainee: In this post my work consisted mainly of routine medical microbiological sample testing in a busy Clinical Microbiology laboratory. As well as routine sampling I also undertook a variety of research projects including; 'The prevalence of Fusobacterium necrophorum in sore throat swabs' and 'Optimization of new monoclonal histological antibodies'. As well as Clinical Microbiology, I also gained experience in all the pathology disciplines including; Clinical Biochemistry, Haematology, Blood Transfusion, Histology, Cytology and Immunology. I gained experience using a variety of automated and manual techniques in immunoassays, tissue culturing, PCR, GC-MS and HPLC, microbiological identification, serology, microscopy and staining. I also gained the skills and knowledge to differentiate between natural flora, pathogenic and contamination caused by microorganisms. I gained generic skills in written and verbal communication, team work, leadership and working on one's own initiative. I undertook this work during my BSc. and gained my Health Professionals Council (HPC) certificate of Competence, enabling me to be registered with the HPC (Reg no. BS64908). 

 


Education:
De Montfort University, Leicester, UK (2009-2013)
PhD
Thesis: Development of a Broad spectrum, sporicidal and cost saving disinfectant incorporating a novel antimicrobial catalyst

De Montfort University, Leicester, UK (2006-2009)
BSc (HONS) Biomedical science (First class)
Project title: The prevalence of Fusobacterium necrophorum in throat swabs



Posters, Presentations and Awards:
  • University of Lincoln ‘Applied Biomedical Science Conference’ –Oral presentation of 'Prevalence of Fusobacterium necrophorum in sore throat swabs', representing Biomedical Science at De Montfort University (June 2009).
  • De Montfort University, awarded the ‘Best Biomedical science undergraduate project’ award (June 2009).
  • De Montfort University ‘Applied Biomedical Science Conference’ –Oral presentation of 'Investigating the Antimicrobial properties of a Novel Heterogeneous PAN catalyst’, representing Biomedical Science at De Montfort University (June 2010).
  • Brighton, UK ‘Society for Applied Microbiology (SfAM) Summer Conference’ – Poster presentation of ‘'Investigating the Antimicrobial properties of a Novel Heterogeneous PAN catalyst', representing Research at De Montfort University (July 2010).
  • New Orleans, USA ‘American Society of Microbiology (ASM) Conference’ – Poster presentation of ‘Potentiation of hydrogen peroxide activity using a novel heterogeneous catalyst’, represented by S.E. Walsh for Research at De Montfort University (May 2011).
  • Dublin, Ireland ‘Society for Applied Microbiology (SfAM) Summer Conference’ - Oral Presentation of ‘Mycobactericidal and bactericidal properties of a novel antimicrobial catalyst and it's 'leachate’, representing Research at De Montfort University (July 2011).
  • Edinburgh, Scotland ‘Society for Applied Microbiology (SfAM) Summer Conference’ – Poster presentation of ‘The mechanisms of action of a novel antimicrobial catalyst', representing Research at De Montfort University (July 2012). 
      
Membership of professional bodies:
  • Events Officer of Postgraduate Early Career Scientist (PECS) committee (sub-committee of the Society for Applied Microbiology) 2009-2012.
  • Comms sub-committee member of Society for Applied Microbiology (SfAM) 2011-2013
  • Student member of Society for Applied Microbiology (SfAM) 2009-2013
  • Student member of the Association of British Science Writers (ABSW) 2012-Present
  • Associate member of the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) 2009-Present
  • HPC registered Biomedical Scientist (Reg no. BS64908) 2011-Present



Publications:
Price, S.L, Hardy, S, Gale, P, Basten, G. (2011) Biomedical Science in brief: Prevalence of Fusobacterium necrophorum in persistent sore throat samples. British Journal of Biomedical Science 68(4) 209-210

Boateng, M.K, Price, S.L, Huddersman, K.D, Walsh, S.E. (2011) Antimicrobial properties of hydrogen peroxide and its activation by a novel heterogeneous Fenton's-like modified PAN catalyst. Journal of Applied Microbiology. 111(6) 1533-1543

Price, S.L, Huddersman, K.D, Walsh, S.E. (2012) Mycobactericidal activity of Hydrogen Peroxide activated by a Novel Hetereogeneous Fenton's-like Catalyst System. Letters in Applied Microbiology. 56(2) 83-87