I learnt to become a scientist in Sheffield!

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Mengqiu Li, China
Senior Development Scientist, Evox Therapeutics
Mengqiu graduated from the University in 2013 after completing a PhD in Civil Engineering.

What are your main responsibilities in your current role?

Developing analytical strategies and assays for drug development pipelines.

Please outline your career history: how did you get to where you are today?

I was a postdoc researcher for a number of years before joining a biotech startup in an assay development role. I then moved to Evox Therapeutics in 2020 to work on the analytical development for exosome-based therapeutics.

What were your favourite things about or best memories of the University of Sheffield? 

Sheffield has many excellent academic departments. I worked with many very talented colleagues.

Please explain how has your qualification and/or time at Sheffield helped you in your career?

My career has been research-focused so the PhD programme in Sheffield is essential. I learnt to become a scientist in Sheffield. The university also encourages students to collaborate across departments and disciplines, which is an important experience for early-stage researchers.

What has been your greatest achievement to date?

During my first job in industry, I became a co-inventor of a patented ultra-sensitive detection method for biological molecules. My colleagues and I also implemented the proof-of-concept work to demonstrate the potential of the technology.

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