Joanne Dunster

Current Workplace
University of Reading
Current Role
Postdoctoral researcher
My Mathematics Success Story is...

My route into mathematics is unusual. I left school at 16 to take an Engineering Apprenticeship. I then quickly moved into the IT industry, eventually working as an Oracle DBA for a wide range of companies such as Rolls Royce, Powergen & Levi’s. While working I took a maths degree with the Open University. I loved this so much that once it was finished I packed up my career in IT & took a PhD in Mathematical Biology.

I now, at a very late stage in life, have my dream job. I work alongside biologists in a Cardiovascular lab developing mathematical models to help to understand the mechanisms that lead to cardiovascular disease.

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