Unique Scientist: Ellie Hurer

Time to meet Ellie Hurer (She/her)! Ellie is a structural biologist working towards her PhD at the University of Hertfordshire in the United Kingdom!

What kind of scientist are you?
I am a structural biologist studying a protein called S100P, which is implicated in pancreatic cancer. I am looking at the interaction of this protein and drugs to see if cell proliferation is inhibited.

What made you want to become a scientist?
I had some really good teachers in school who inspired me to want to learn more.

“I had some really good teachers in school who inspired me to want to learn more.”

Ellie Hurer

What makes you a #UniqueScientist?
Definitely not looking or acting like a scientist! I feel like I prove that you can be fun, wild and fashionable and be a scientist. I love how diverse the science community is becoming and it’s okay to be yourself and still be respected in your field.

What’s something cool you do outside of work?
I love the gym.

If you had one wish and could change anything in science, what would it be?
I would probably say the stigma towards mental health. I do still think there’s a negative attitude towards mental health, which definitely needs to change as studies show 1 in 4 people in academia struggle with mental health issues!

“I feel like I prove that you can be fun, wild and fashionable and be a scientist.”

Ellie Hurer

Who has inspired you the most in your journey to where you are now?
It’s a bit cliché but the researchers I’m surrounded by everyday. They continue to motivate me and make sure I am working to the best of my ability.

Let’s end on a high note! What’s something you’ve done this week that you’re proud of?
I handed in my second year progression draft! I feel like I’m ready to progress into my final year! (Scary)


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