Esther studied Biological Sciences at the University of Edinburgh, graduating in 2012 with an honours degree in Infectious Diseases. She then went on to complete an MSc in Clinical Microbiology at the University of Nottingham.
Esther joined the Respiratory Infection and Vaccine Group in February 2015 as a Research Assistant to work on the Experimental Human Pneumococcal Carriage model. In 2018, she was accepted onto the MRC Doctoral Training Program run jointly by LSTM and Lancaster University. During the MRes year, she developed quantitative research skills and undertook placements at MLW and in the R&D department of Cultech Ltd.
Most recently, she undertook a 6 month's secondment from her PhD project to support the Respiratory Infection and Vaccine Group's SARS-CoV2 research activities.
Esther's PhD project focuses on the impact of malnutrition on the nasopharyngeal niche in children, in particular susceptibility to pneumococcal carriage.