Meet the researcher

15th April 2015

Dr Marie Yang is a researcher at the University of Liverpool, looking to develop an improved vaccine for pneumococcal meningitis in one of our funded research projects


In a series of blogs, she tells us about why she wanted to get involved in academic research, how she started in meningitis research, what her research entails and why it is important.

What drove me into academic research?

As clichéd as this might sound, from a very young age, I aspired to become a biologist. Subjects such as physics, chemistry or economics, did not really speak to me. 

On the other hand, biology felt a bit more natural, maybe because I found it easier, in my mind, to make it relevant to my everyday life and that of everyone around me. 

When I enrolled at the University of Montpellier, France, I majored in neurosciences. I always thought of the human brain as the most mesmerising and intriguing organ. It just seemed to know and control everything! 

During the final year of my bachelor degree, we were introduced to the Basic principles of Immunology. The module consisted of no more than 20 hours of lectures, but it opened my eyes to the intricacies of the immune system and anchored in my mind the revolutionising concept of vaccination. 

Simply put, this marked the beginning of my journey as an immunologist. Today, I cannot imagine a field of research that is more exciting or one that offers a better platform to explore the balance between health and disease.

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Don’t miss Marie’s next blog – about her road to meningitis research – which will appear in a few days’ time.

Photo: Dr. Manfred Rohde