Susan gained a Bachelors degree in Biomedical Science from Imperial College London, where she completed a research project studying the type 3-secretion system in Salmonella typhimurium with Professor David Holden. She decided to stay at Imperial College to continue her studies into the immune system and went on to complete a Masters in Immunology. Her Master’s degree included a 6-month long project in Dr Juthatip Mongkolsapaya’s lab where she worked on identifying ovarian cancer specific antibodies. During this project she was able to generate and characterise antibodies produced by ovarian cancer patients.
After her Master’s Susan was keen to pursue a career in research. She joined the Stamataki lab as a Research Assistant and started an MRC funded project to investigate the use of lymphocytes as vectors for HCV transmission to liver cells.