Graduates: Mentoring and Support

The Graduate Mentoring Programme (GMP) aims to provide confidential support and advice to graduate students to help them navigate issues that may arise throughout their studies. We offer an easily accessible and informal opportunity for students to talk through any queries or issues. The support team is made up of Zoology postdoctoral researchers trained in mentoring, many of whom did their DPhils in the department.

The Support Team

Ella Cole

Ella Cole

In 2007 I joined the EGI as a DPhil student supervised by Dr John Quinn, studying personality and cognitive variation amongst wild great tits. Since completing my DPhil in 2012 I’ve been working as a postdoctoral researcher in the EGI, and am currently working with Prof Ben Sheldon exploring spatial components of plasticity in tit phenology. I also have an interest in wellbeing and mental health, and over the last few years have organised graduate training seminars on topics such as stress and anxiety management, supervisor-student relations, and life after a DPhil.

Email: eleanor.cole@zoo.ox.ac.uk

Frances Colles

Frances Colles

I did my degree in Zoology/Microbiology at Aberystwyth University, Wales and completed an MSc in Medical Microbiology at the University of Westminster, London whilst working as a state registered biomedical scientist at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford. The MSc inspired me to move to research, and I did my DPhil at Oxford University. I currently combine being a mother of a small toddler, with work as a Postdoc in Prof Martin Maiden’s group on the molecular epidemiology of Campylobacter, the most common bacterial cause of gastroenteritis.

Email: frances.colles@zoo.ox.ac.uk

Irem Sepil

Irem Sepil

I come from Turkey where I obtained my BSc degree in Molecular Biology and Genetics in 2005. I then worked as a research assistant at UCLA, Tropical Research Centre for two years before joining the EGI in 2008 as a DPhil student supervised by Prof. Ben Sheldon, studying MHC variation and selection in a wild great tit population. I had a baby just after handing in my thesis and had a year off from academia. In 2013 I came back to the EGI for a short-term research associate position (3 months) trying to optimize a technique for mapping epigenetic variation in great tits. Recently I started a postdoctoral research position with Dr. Stuart Wigby investigating ageing and seminal fluid protein-mediated sexual selection in Drosophila.

Email: irem.sepil@zoo.ox.ac.uk

If you would like to chat with one of us about anything that is concerning you please contact us directly using the email addresses above.

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