Morgan Rustidge

Morgan Rustidge

BSc Genetics, MSc Reproductive and Developmental Medicine

Morgan completed her BSc in Genetics at the University of Sheffield in 2019, fuelled initially by an interest in genetic diseases. As part of her undergraduate degree, she also studied aspects of Microbiology, Molecular Biology, and Biochemistry. In her final year, Morgan completed a comprehensive literature review on the functionality of long non-coding RNAs, in addition to a research project exploring the role of transcription factor c-Myb in the formation of an enhancer complex associated with the development of T-cell acute lymphoblastic lymphoma. During this research project, Morgan developed skills in numerous techniques including gene cloning and bacterial transformation, protein extraction, and purification.

Whilst still in the final year of her undergraduate degree, Morgan took an optional module on reproduction and development. Despite initially not thinking much of the module, this ignited a new interest which led her to join the British Fertility Society and complete her MSc in Reproductive and Developmental Medicine, also at the University of Sheffield. As part of her MSc, she studied the biology of reproduction and fertility, practical aspects of assisted reproduction and fertility treatment, and their ethical and societal implications. Having already undertaken a practical research project, for her MSc thesis Morgan aimed to develop new skills in data analysis and so conducted a literature review and meta-analysis comparing two ovulation inductors, Letrozole and Clomiphene, for use as a fertility treatment in women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome.

Morgan has always enjoyed the laboratory environment and worked in a medical testing laboratory for the duration of her undergraduate degree, processing self-sampling sexual health tests. After doing some research, she developed an interest in the healthcare system in the UK and now works for the NHS in a busy pathology laboratory. Despite enjoying her day-to-day work in the laboratory, Morgan missed the research, reading, and writing she had done as part of her studies and so decided to become involved in science communication.

Articles from Morgan

Immunology of Pregnancy

Immunology of Pregnancy

Genome Evolution: An Overview

Genome Evolution: An Overview

Genetic Testing in the fight against Alzheimer’s

Genetic Testing in the fight against Alzheimer’s