Dr. Grace Macaulay

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Dr. Grace Macaulay is a Safety Physician in Oncology within the patient safety department at MedImmune, part of Astra Zeneca Group. She is also  studying part time for MSc in drug development at King’s College, London. Grace has two decades of specialist experience as a physician in oncology/haematology in Nigeria and the UK.

Prior to MedImmune, Grace lead the oncology team within Safety Surveillance and Risk Management at Mundipharma/NAPP Pharmaceutical Company in Cambridge Science Park. She started her industry career in 2006 after 10 years working and studying at King’s College Hospital, Denmark Hill, London. She was also sub-investigator for clinical trials in Oncology and Examiner in Breast cancer to Year 3 students at GKT (Guy’s, King’s, and St. Thomas’s) Hospitals. Grace has also played a key role as part of the team that set up ‘The London Clinic’ cancer centre on Devonshire/Harley Street, London.

She is a member of ASCO (American Society of Clinical Oncology) and ASH (American Society of Haematology).

Laura Eghobamien


Senior Scientist
Crescendo Biologics
Twitter handle: @humabody

Laura was also a Role Model for the Women of the Future Conference 2015, when she was working with MedImmune:

Laura is a cell biologist working as part of a global team with over 80 scientist across Cambridge, UK and Maryland,USA. The team is subdivided into different disease therapy areas with the objective of understanding the cellular and molecular interactions involved in modulating diseases such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) , non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH),  Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) , inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE).

Laura is currently the biology lead for NASH, which is one of MedImmunes newest disease areas and amongst the most common liver diseases in the West. Laura is primarily responsible for developing cellular assays that depict the inflammation and fibrosis observed in NASH, in addition to driving and establishing new collaborations within Medimmune. She has over 10 years experience in the biotech industry developing cellular assays for protein therapeutic drugs spanning multiple disease areas. She was part of the team that identified the anti GM-CSF receptor, Marilimumab, which is currently in Phase 2b clinical trials for Rheumatoid arthritis.

Laura has an MSc in Immunology and BSc in Physiology/Pharmacology from the University of the West of England, Bristol.

Dr. Liliya Serazetdinova


Knowledge Transfer Manager – Plants and Crops
Twitter handle: @serazetdinova_l

Liliya has over 14 years scientific expertise in plant breeding, phytopathology, biochemistry and proteomics, and holds a PhD from the University of Hamburg in plant genetics. She is a member of the Chartered Management Institute and is trained as high growth coach working with entrepreneurs and companies to accelerate their business development.

Susan Thompson


Susan Thompson started work as a Clinical Biochemist at Lewisham Hospital in London after completing a BSc (Hons) degree in Biochemistry and Physiology at Reading University. She then obtained an MSc in Clinical Biochemistry at the University of Surrey after which she moved to King’s College Hospital.

After a career break to raise her family, she trained as a science teacher and gained her PGCE through the Open University. She taught, specialising in chemistry, in state schools, a private school and a further education college. In 2011 she left teaching to work for the Royal Society of Chemistry as the Education Coordinator for the East of England.

Imogen Ogilvie


Imogen Ogilvie is a freelance television researcher with a background in biology. She studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge University before completing a masters degree in Science Media Production at Imperial College London. Imogen has worked as a science researcher on a variety of popular shows from BBC1’s Bang Goes the Theory to Channel 4’s Food Unwrapped as well as various international projects for Discovery Channel and National Geographic. She is responsible for finding content and organising shoots as well as ensuring the factual accuracy of shows that reach millions of people.

Dr. Penny Maplestone



Dr. Penny Maplestone is a Durham Botany Graduate with a PhD from Bristol University on ‘take-all’ disease of wheat. She has worked in plant biology since 1986, first as a researcher, then in technical roles with AFRC/BBSRC and now as Chief Executive of the British Society of Plant Breeders. Penny has broad expertise in intellectual property, regulatory and research issues as they relate to the agricultural plant breeding industry and a strong interest in communications and promoting the benefits and value of plant breeding. Penny is a Fellow of the Society of Biology.

Megan Stowe

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Megan Stowe, Program Manager, Corporate Strategic Procurement. Intel Corporation.

Megan has been at Intel for 18 years, working in Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore and the UK during this time. She started in Sales and Marketing in Australia working in PR and events management and then moved to Hong Kong to start up their SMG site procurement in Asia. During this time she has covered a variety of roles including Sales & Marketing, Travel, relocation, immigration & HR procurement areas. She has predominantly held Global positions, as well as worked and lived in Asia Pacific (10 years) and EMEA (8 years) setting global strategies, performance metrics and managing global teams (LAR, NA, APAC and EMEA).

Currently, Megan looks across the indirect services/procurement supply chain (~$4.5B) working with the different verticals (sales & marketing, HR, travel, IT, Logistics, product engineering services etc) to ensure we are encompassing all aspects of CSR into our supply chain initiatives and choices. Megan is managing the Women’s Supply chain initiative strategies globally to ensure we are working with an inclusive supply chain. With this initiative Intel are looking at and have achieved increasing their spend with women owned businesses in the supply chain at both the tier 1 and 2 levels and developing our pipeline of inclusive sourcing opportunities. Megan also co-chairs the WISE Young Womens Board and works closely with schools ensuring STEM is promoted to girls.


She is Irish/Australian/South African by nationality and grew up in Africa. She graduated from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Prior to Intel she worked for Warner Lambert Park Davis & Caltex Head office in Cape Town.

Miss Claire Drurey



Claire is a postgraduate student working in the lab of Professor Saskia Hogenhout at the John Innes Centre. She investigates the interactions between aphids and the plants that they feed on using molecular biology and insect assays. Claire gets to study both plant immunity and entomology (insect science). Through this research she hopes to reduce crop losses to aphids and aphid-transmitted diseases.

Dr. Charlotte Miller


Dr. Charlotte Miller is a post-doctoral scientist working in the lab of Professor Michael Bevan. Her research is focused towards understanding the genetic component of final yield traits in the important crop plant, oilseed rape. In an attempt to link genetic variation with the variation observed in seed size etc., Charlotte uses a combination of computer modelling, molecular and microscopy techniques. Through her research, she hopes to provide breeders with the tools required to select for elite oilseed crops with enhanced yield.


Dr. Christine Faulkner



Dr. Christine Faulkner did her PhD in plant biology at the University of Sydney (Australia) studying proteins that regulate how plant cells communicate with each other. During post-doctoral positions at the University of Edinburgh, the John Innes Centre and the Sainsbury Laboratory, Christine expanded her research expertise to include plant-pathogen interactions and live-cell imaging technologies. Christine was awarded an independent research fellowship to start a research programme on how plant cells communicate during pathogen attack at Oxford Brookes University and in 2013 she moved her research to the John Innes Centre where she is currently a project leader.