Bugs and Us...

This is a Biomedical sciences Subject Spotlight with Dr Rochelle Hockney from Leeds Beckett University. An interactive, cinematic course taster experience to allow students to gain insights into what it's like to study Biomedical sciences.

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In this Subject Spotlight, Dr Rochelle Hockney puts bacteria under the microscope and provides an interesting look into the world of bacteria, and how they affect our daily lives - from fighting off bugs and illnesses to strengthening the health of our guts.

About Leeds Beckett University

Located in the heart of one of the largest student cities in the UK, Leeds Beckett is committed to helping its students build the best future possible. It provides a space to grow and learn from leading academics – people who think about the big challenges of today. But it’s not all about theory. The university provides state-of-the-art facilities across two campuses, which reflect real work environments so students can put their learning directly into practice. Every lesson provides crucial skills and experience to prepare students for the world of work.

Meet the academics

Dr Rochelle Hockney

Dr Rochelle Hockney is a senior lecturer in Biomedical Science at Leeds Beckett University. Her research investigates the role of infection and inflammation in reproductive health, pregnancy and fertility. Plus the impact of contraceptive options on reproductive tract cancer and female health. Rochelle was previously a lecturer at Teesside University, where she also achieved her PhD in Microbiology in 2020. Prior to this she worked in industry at a pharmaceutical company, gained an MSc in Reproductive and Developmental Medicine at The University of Sheffield and BSc Biology at Derby University. Alongside teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students, Rochelle enjoys being an outreach and engagement coordinator for Biomedical Science. She is also an advisory member in the Royal Society of Biology Early Career Lecturers in Bioscience Group. She has a passion for inspiring the next generation of scientists to be involved in innovative and exciting technology based research.

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