Dr Mariya Hristova

Senior Research Associate / Lab Manager, Perinatal Brain Repair Group, Dept of Maternal and Fetal Medicine, Institute for Women’s Health

"The opportunity to teach Nuffield students is quite rewarding. These are very bright young people and it is an absolute pleasure to work with them."

What type of projects do you run?
The projects that we offer Nuffield students are associated with birth asphyxia as a cause of neonatal brain damage.

What motivated you to supervise a school student through the Nuffield Research Placements scheme?
Having post-16 students in the lab gives us an opportunity to connect with the public and also to promote our research. The placements also provide an opportunity for the students to see life and work within a university / research environment.

What do you feel are the main benefits to your organisation to taking on a Nuffield student?
The Nuffield placements at the Institute for Women's Health are increasing the connections with the public and promoting the research associated with different aspects of the women’s health.

What do you feel are the main benefits for students from taking part in the scheme?
The school students have an opportunity to see and feel life and research at university. This gives them a chance to make life important choices.

What personal skills would you say members of your team gained from supervising a Nuffield student?
Supervision of Nuffield students is very fulfilling. It allows us to have a look at our research from a different point of view. It also gives an opportunity to promote our research to a wider audience.

Has it helped communicate your area of science to a wider public, and why do you feel this is important?
Having Nuffield students has definitely helped raise the awareness of neonatal brain damage; its causes and consequences on the personal life of the affected children as well as the financial and emotional burden on their families and the society.