Ana-Maria Tomova is a cell and molecular biologist with specialism in reproductive science. She is currently completing a PhD investigating the role of neuropeptides in human reproduction. During her PhD Ana-Maria has gained a variety of knowledge in cell and molecular laboratory techniques, biostatistics and of current research within the field. In 2015, she completed her BSc (Hons) in Biomedical Science and her research project led to a summer internship, which lead to the development of her masters project. In 2016, she obtained an MSc by research in reproductive science, this project lead to the further development of her PhD project, which she began in late 2017. She has a broad interest in all aspects of human biology and has presented posters, been awarded small research grants and published abstracts, research articles and textbook chapters in reproductive science.
Ana-Maria is an experienced university teacher, where she has been heavily involved in the course design of laboratory practicals, which she has delivered. She has also delivered a variety of tutorials for both undergraduate and postgraduate students including; statistics, scientific writing, scientific planning, how to conduct research and presentation skills.
Outside of research, Ana-Maria was a tutor for The Brilliant Club - a non-profit organisation that aims to widen access to university education to secondary school students from underrepresented backgrounds. This involved designing a 6-week course aimed at key stage 3 and 4 children around her research interests, delivering essential skills for higher education and assessing the students’ performance.
Ana-Maria is passionate about science communication and co-organised SciBar public engagement events in Manchester. These events bring scientists from all fields present their work to a public audience, engaging the public and scientific community in open discussion.
Her other interests also include drawing, Ana-Maria is part of the illustration team currently working on the popular science book ‘Conversational Genetics’.