I started my PhD with ReproSoc and the University of Cambridge in October 2017 under the continued supervision of Professor Sarah Franklin. My PhD research questions what the anticipated parameters of human germline genome editing reveal about attitudes towards heritable disease and reproduction in the United Kingdom.

My research is being conducted in three sequential phases. The first phase of my research was a largely qualitative, online survey, focused on the wider public’s understanding of genome editing and its potential uses within human reproduction. The findings from my survey are documented in the following public report.

The second phase of my research drew upon the findings from my survey to guide semi-structured interviews with relevant experts and professionals in the field of human germline genome editing. The third and final phase of my research concentrated on obtaining views on human germline genome editing and its scope from individuals who are living with heritable disease. The data from my research is currently under analysis and is being written up for my PhD thesis.

My research is fully funded by a Studentship from the Economic and Social Research Council, and I hold an Honorary Vice Chancellor Award for my PhD research because of its interdisciplinary approach and appeal.

Chronic Chronicles

The chronicles document my rollercoaster of living with a degenerative spinal condition called Klippel Feil Syndrome, which were originally on a site elsewhere. Starting from how and when I received my diagnosis in May 2013 whilst preparing to start my BA (Hons) Sociology degree, the chronicles progress to detailing what I had to balance whilst doing my BA. I draw the chronicles to an end on account of being promoted to annual reviews with my spinal consultant in July 2017.