Freelance Bioinformatics Tutor

(November 2018 - March 2019)

Tutored one Imperial College London MSc student + one King's College London BSc student for a total of five hours.


Speaker, Researc/hers Code

(January 2019)

I delivered a workshop on How to Create a Personal Website for the Researc/hers Code community. See my presentation slides + photos of the event here. Skills developed: public speaking; presentation; confidence.

Student Advisor, Diversity + Inclusion Online Module Development Committee, King's College London

(July - November 2018)

I provided thorough feedback on the script for a new online module. Skill developed: communication of unfamiliar concepts.

Guest blogger, The Biochemist

(March 2018)

Read my article on how to transition from the wet lab to the dry lab here. Skill developed: communication to non-specialist audience.

Study Skills Leader, Maughan Library, King's College London

(January - June 2018)

For three hours a week, I helped students from all disciplines with their academic writing + presentation skills. Skills developed: empathy; professionalism; communication; academic writing. Read more about what I learnt here

Mentor, Muslim Women Connect

(December 2017 - June 2018)

I met with my mentee monthly and helped her work towards finding a career path that suited her skills + passion for science. We also worked on overcoming her nervousness during public speaking. Skills developed: mentorship; time management; organisation; verbal communication.

Communications Lead, London Team, Science Innovation Union

(September - December 2017)

Science Innovation Union is a non-for-profit organisation by and for doctoral, post-doctoral + early career researchers who have an interest in translation of scientific research, but are not yet at the stage of requiring seed funding. They train researchers to understand the various aspects required to build a viable business around their idea, through workshops and exclusive events with founders, as well as their online editorial. As part of my role in the London team, I built bridges with academics + industry leaders to secure support for the organisation, which can be moral or tangible. I also managed relationships with their members. Skills developed: communication; building relationships.

Department Representative, Postgraduate Open Evening, King's College London

(November 2016)

I represented the Department of Informatics + answered questions from prospective students regarding research + postgraduate student life. Skill developed: verbal communication.

Interviewer + CV Advisor, Shadow a Scientist Scheme, Scientists & Co.

(October 2016)

Shadow a Scientist is a week-long, holistic scheme organised by Scientists & Co for underprivileged teenagers to gain insight in being a scientist + a university student. I volunteered to give mock interviews + CV advice. Skill developed: verbal communication; empathy.

President, Women in STEM Society, King's College London

(May 2016 - June 2017)
I joined the society as Events Officer immediately after it was founded in December 2015 + subsequently led a committee of 20 women, divided into teams for events, activism, finance, outreach + social media. We procured over £5000 + organised technical workshops on Python + LaTeX, career development seminars, three conferences, social events + school visits. I sat on the Equality + Diversity Committee of the Faculty of Natural + Mathematical Sciences + organised a very memorable event with lightning talks from over ten minority women in STEM speakers/performers from the College + over 50 attendees. I won several awards for my work during this time. Watch a video of me giving a speech about the society here + see a photo of me giving a speech at Queen Mary, University of London, on Women's Day 2017 here. Skills developed: team work; leadership; people management; time management; event organisation; conflict resolution; professionalism; empathy; patience; planning; building relationships; communication; decision making; public speaking; representation; creative thinking; diplomacy; democracy; negotiation; budget management.

Pro-bono Mentor

(June 2015 - present)

Informally + independently when approached by undergraduate + MSc students through my physical (universities) and virtual network (social media) for guidance on bioinformatics research or university applications.

Research Project Assessor, Queen Mary University of London

(February 2015)

Conducted a mock assessment session for undergraduate students working on their bioinformatics final year research projects under the supervision of Dr. Janes. Skill developed: verbal communication.

Volunteer, Islamic Relief's Charity Week

(October 2010 - November 2015)

Charity Week is an international, annual student-run week of fundraising events for orphans and needy children in developing countries. My activities have included photography, fundraising, organising a large fashion event with a team + producing a fashion show.


Summer Intern, International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences, University of Karachi, Pakistan

(July 2009)

Supervised by Dr. Farzana Shaheen, I received training in several aspects of natural product chemistry including (reverse) chromatography, HPLC and the Kaiser Test (used in Solid Phase Peptide Synthesis). Read more about my visit in my blog post here.

Teaching Assistant, RNIB Sunshine House School

(September 2008 - March 2009)

Sunshine House School is a school for blind or partially blind children who also have other disabilities. My duties included assisting in Art classes, reading books, feeding the children, preparing for assemblies and playing with the children.

PhDomics by Fatima