Actual name is Claire, in case you didn’t know.
Born and raised in a picturesque and quaint corner of Scotland called the East Neuk of Fife, I believed from an early age that I would stay there my whole life. I loved Scotland and saw my beautiful Edinburgh as ideal the place to call home: for studying, working and settling down. I lamented in the back of my head that I wasn’t more well-travelled, but…well…we can’t have everything, can we?
Then something happened. I unexpectedly landed a 12 month chemistry placement in Philadelphia, USA (unexpected because (a) the year of global recession saw placement opportunities dry up before our horrified eyes (b) that GSK post was the last internship I intended to apply for before calling my search off). Working, travelling, taking up crazy new hobbies for a year in a new country turned all my preconceived ideas upside-down: the whole world literally opened upon before me. I didn’t have to live the rest of my life in Scotland; I didn’t have to lament being poorly travelled, I could work to change the situation. I also realised that Chemistry & Science was my passion, and I wished to commit my life and education to pursuing it.
That was 2009-10. In 2011 I graduated with an MChem in Chemistry from the University of Edinburgh. In 2013 I got my Organic Chemistry PhD at Rutgers University in the USA. I’ve also lived in Basel, London and Atlanta…and hope to live in many more places.