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Alumna shares her PhD research on infectious disease epidemics with students.

Saskia, who studied at TGS from 2006-2012 and is now at Imperial College, inspired IB Biology students and her former teacher Mr Fitt during a session in December about her extremely topical PhD subject: ‘The impact of novel diagnostics on infectious disease epidemics’.

Students also learnt about her career pathway so far, her current focus on tuberculosis and more recently COVID-19.

The visit forms part of a wider programme that brings guest speakers to TGS to inform and inspire students.

This was another great opportunity for students to explore how the topics they are learning relate to real world contexts.

It was really interesting and indeed a real privilege to have a first-hand account of how Saskia’s work at Imperial College on epidemiological modelling of tuberculosis and diagnostic testing has led to her work relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.

It only seems like yesterday that Saskia was sitting in the same classroom: it goes to show what our students are capable of going on to achieve!

Our thanks to her for taking the time to ‘visit’ us.

— Mr Fitt