Dr Roberta Burden
As a Lecturer in Pharmacology, the interaction between therapeutic drugs and the body is of immense interest to both my research and teaching. Throughout my postgraduate research career, I focused on interrogating the role of proteases within tumourigenesis, through the development and characterization of novel therapeutics. As I now focus on developing my own independent research group, these themes continue, with my research primarily focused on the regulation of the disease microenvironment – furthering our understanding into the processes that drive disease progression (inflammatory diseases, fibrosis, cancer) and the characterization of novel drugs that may be used to target these prevalent conditions.As a new lecturer and also a newly wed, the balance between my career and family life is likely to change in the next few years. I am fully committed to developing my career and I know that when my husband and I decide start a family, I am extremely fortunate to work in an environment that is very supportive of the work-life balance. On a daily basis, I interact with many female scientists who have achieved significant successes in both their family and work lives. At this early stage of my career, I see these individuals as role models that will undoubtedly be of tremendous support and influence in my future scientific career.