For our latest meet the team post Dr Kirsty Culley, Science Collaboration Manager at Anglia Innovation Partnership, tells us a bit more about herself.
Kirsty joined Anglia Innovation Partnership LLP as a Science Collaboration Manager in July 2019. Kirsty is responsible for providing a key interface between science and innovation, and for optimising communication and science engagement across Norwich Research Park.
- What does your role involve?
My role is very externally facing helping form better collaboration both on the park and with external commercial partners a key part of my job is working on our enterprise strategy which was launched a year ago. I primarily work on the explorer forum which brings together the research and business community to identify new innovations that have potential to address business problems and ultimately, it is hoped, global grand challenges.
- What is your favourite thing about your role?
Helping to support our researchers to translate their research out of the labs and into real life applications. As well as working alongside our thriving business community and seeing them go from strength to strength.
- What is challenging about your role?
There is such a wealth of fantastic activity across all the different businesses, institutes and the Hospital and University on the Park, my challenge is staying at the cusp and making sure that we are catching potential opportunities for collaboration as they arise.
- Where have you worked before?
My background is in human disease research. Having completed a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences and a PhD in molecular biology at UEA, I continued my training at the Hospital of Special Surgery in New York, where I researched the underlying causes of osteoarthritis and directed an education programme that mentioned surgical residents completing basic and translational research projects.
- An interesting fact about yourself?
I lived in Manhattan for 5 years and then moved to Jackson Heights Queens for 3 years which is one of the most diverse communities in the world. That meant that I could enjoy a whole diverse array of cultures and fantastic food.
- What do you like to do outside of work?
I love spending time with my family and my 20-month old little boy keeps me very busy at the moment!
Kirsty is the best point of contact for anyone outside of the Park who wants to explore collaborating with researchers or businesses on the site, or anyone on site who’d like to explore where they might find collaborations externally.
If you’d like to discuss more, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.