Dr Anna Seager, PhD, has worked as a scientific researcher for 8 years at Swansea University’s College of Medicine, researching the genetics and cell biology of DNA damage and repair mechanisms in human models in response to toxins, and more recently investigating potential testing alternatives to current animal cancer studies in the safety assessment of new pharmaceuticals/ chemicals. Her career also includes lecturing on a variety of CoM undergraduate and taught master schemes.
Since her involvement in the University’s application for an Athena SWAN bronze award, Anna has become an advocate for promoting women’s career progression in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) subjects through her work as an Athena SWAN champion and as chair of the University’s communications working group. Furthermore, Anna has been responsible for the development and coordination of a seminar series termed “WIMS: Women in Medicine and Science”, a CoM initiative, which aims to provide information and support to staff and students regarding topics such as promotion, mentoring schemes, and tips for improving your CV. Anna also has a keen interest in outreach STEM projects, encouraging positive role models and a positive perception of females in scientific subjects. As such, Anna has had roles in STEM workshops organised for local school children and more recently in the 2015 CoM International Women’s Day event which has invited all Local Education Authority sixth forms and sixth form colleges in City and County of Swansea to attend (and hopefully be inspired).
When she is not engaging enthusiastically in science, Anna is busy being a mum to two young boys.