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Prior to joining Costello Medical, Kirsten graduated from the University of Bath in 2012 with an undergraduate Masters degree in Biochemistry. She then went on to complete her PhD at the Welcome Sanger Institute, where her research focussed on host-parasite protein interactions in the pathogenesis of malaria. During her PhD and subsequent Research Associate role, she identified and characterised the first known host-parasite protein-protein interaction involved in the sporozoite stage of malaria. Throughout her studies Kirsten has worked in a wide range of disease areas, including autoimmune conditions and platelet function during her undergraduate research placements, and C. difficile infection and malaria during her postgraduate degree. She has also published multiple peer-reviewed publications and presented her research at national and international conferences.
Kirsten joined Costello Medical in April 2018 as an Analyst in the Multidisciplinary Division, where she is looking forward to being part of a talented and dynamic team and applying her scientific knowledge and experience to a wide variety of projects.