Catalyst

Cerys Jenkins, 23

Medical Physicist
Studying for a PhD in colorectal cancer diagnostics

I love to be in the lab playing with equipment – playing with new ideas is what leads to discovery.

Even if something hasn’t worked the way I wanted, it still teaches me something.

Scientific research may be tough at times but it is never boring. It’s so rewarding to do work that is different every day.

I am trying to create a diagnostic tool for colorectal cancer. It’s amazing to think we are bringing techniques together for the first time and they might end up making a real difference to people. 

Theoretical physics and medical research are not normally seen together but the university gave me the freedom to move between disciplines and work in an area I am passionate about.

I didn’t choose physics, it chose me. I was the child who, rather than worrying how cold the sea was, asked why the tides went in and out and why I sank into the sand. 

Now being curious is my life and I can keep asking questions until I get to the root of a problem and maybe even solve it.

I am also an adventurer.  I love travelling to new places, but also venturing into different areas of knowledge. I started off taking physics but am now learning about cancer biology and chemistry.

The atmosphere at Swansea is so welcoming. I immediately felt at home and still love it five years later. On a sunny morning, walking beside the beach has to be the best journey to university in the world.

I have a broad range of interests, including scuba diving, beach sports and golf, and this laid-back city gave me the chance to pursue them all.