Title: Junior research scientist
Why she was selected: Her efforts helped TARRC develop a practical solution to address mislabeled planting materials that's ready for implementation.
What inspired you to pursue a career in the rubber industry?
I've always wanted to work in crop improvement, with such a growing global population, increased sustainable yields on minimal land are an absolute must. The rubber industry, specifically, has seen growth in scope and application in recent years, in part due to the new developments in biotechnology.
How has working in the rubber industry broadened your view of the world?
TARRC is a diverse and multicultural company, in the biotechnology department alone we have Italian, Russian and Brazilian scientists, to name a few. Working with such a range of nationalities really brings a multitude of new ideas and knowledge to the table. From working at TARRC, I have had the opportunity to visit Malaysia several times, primarily working in the field collecting samples. As a genomics scientist it is really important to step back and see the bigger picture sometimes, to realize how extensive the rubber industry is—from the smallholding farmers to the tire retailers and consumers.
What advice do you have for students considering a career in the rubber industry?
The rubber industry holds many opportunities in a variety of scientific and business-related disciplines. My personal advice would be to apply for summer internships or work experience placements to get as much experience as possible before leaving university. In my case, the experience gained from my two summer placements at TARRC resulted in a full-time job.
Other interests: Enjoys running and volunteering for AgeUK, a charity that provides companionship, advice and support to elderly people in England.