Alumni case study: Stuart Reid
In what way was your DPhil important to your employer?
Hands on experience of dealing with biological signals, computationally and experimentally, was required to get the position. Independence and broad skill base was very helpful.
In what ways have the skills and knowledge from your DPhil been useful in your current role?
In a small company it is important to be able to address a range of different issues as they occur. For a biotech system interfacing biology with chemistry, electronics and data analysis, this DPhil was the perfect preparation. Exposure to peers across a range of scientific disciplines enabled rapid acquisition of knowledge in new areas and facilitated communication of that knowledge to non-specialists (e.g. board members).
What do you think has been of most value to you in undertaking a DPhil at Oxford?
There is a large scientific community in and around Oxford. I benefited from interacting with people working in science companies on an informal basis, subsequently leading to my employment. Working with top class scientists during DPhil was equally valuable.
How do you think you benefited from being part of a cohort?
The cohort experience was incredibly valuable to enable early scientific broadening. This put me in a good position to drive science forwards quickly in a small company and to subsequently progress to a senior leadership position, responsible for a multidisciplinary team.
What would you say to someone who was considering doing a DPhil at the DTC?
Do it, and take control. Choosing your own PhD project is a once in a lifetime opportunity.
Do you have any fond memories about the DTC to share?
Maison Blanc does excellent cakes and attendance at research skills sessions was high.