Committee and Representatives

The committee is here to ensure that your experience as a Postdoc / Early Career Researcher is as rewarding as possible.

Postdoctoral / Early Career Researcher Academic Committee


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Postdoctoral / Early Career Researcher Postdoc Representatives

A message from Louisa Jeffery...

LouisaJeffery-Cropped-130x178Dear Postdocs and Early Career Researchers,

I have been a member of the School of Immunity and Infection postdoctoral community since January 2011 and prior to becoming a postdoc in the school I completed my PhD here under the supervision of Professor David Sansom and Dr Karim Raza. These past four years have enabled me to gain an understanding of the School, including its organisation and areas of research. Throughout this time I have represented the School in a number of events, speaking at several national and international conferences and at the SET for Britain poster conference held at the Houses of Parliament. In addition I have assisted with Arthritis Research UK fundraising projects at the university, speaking to potential sponsors about our research. These events have led to £90,000 being donated so far. Lastly, I also contribute to teaching within the College, facilitating in medical student tutorials and supervising project students. I consider myself to be approachable, attentive, and truly interested in the needs of others. Therefore, please feel able to approach me at any time for advice or with suggestions of ways to improve the postdoctoral/ early career researcher training programme or facilities. (

A message from John Reynolds 

photo of john reynoldsDear Post-docs and Early Career Researchers

I joined the School of Cancer Sciences as a post-doctoral researcher in January 2011. Prior to this I worked at the Genome Damage and Stability Centre at the University of Sussex for 6 years, during which time I completed my PhD.  The research I have undertaken during my research career has been mainly focused on understanding the links between DNA damage and human disease, and in the future I aim to become an independent researcher running my own laboratory pursuing this research interest. 

I have temporarily taken over the role of Cancer Sciences representative for the Postdoctoral / Early Researcher Career development And Training (PERCAT) committee from Rebecca Jones who is currently on maternity leave. 

Although our primary role as post-docs/early career researchers is to perform research and generate data there are many other aspects to our job, including grant writing, budgeting, lab management, reviewing papers and mentoring students.  Indeed at times it seems that the learning curve of post-doctoral research is as steep, if not steeper, than that of PhD studies.  However I relish the challenge of academic research and am always keen to gain experience in all aspects of this job. 

I am always happy to help so if you have any queries or need any help with anything then please don’t hesitate to contact me.

A message from Bai Li...

bai-li-picDear Postdocs and Early Career Researchers,

I am a postdoctoral research fellow at the Department of Public Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics within the School of Health and Population Sciences. My primary research interests include societal/environmental determinants and prevention of childhood obesity and other preventable chronic diseases.

I am also a founder member of the International Social Marketing Association. She is also the Head of International Communication and Collaboration for the College of Design, Guangxi Arts University, China. Outside of academic life, I am an artist and musician. I have  won international gold/silver/bronze prizes for drawing, singing and music recital and has exhibited my art work (some permanently) in over 9 countries including the UK, US, Japan, Russia, Norway, Mongolia and China (mainland, Hong Kong and Taiwan).  You can contact me on