Dr Kirstin Bilham
I graduated from the University of Lausanne (Switzerland) with a degree in Biology in 2010 and went on to complete my MSc at the University of Oxford. During this course, I carried out two separate research projects with WildCRU. The first was a questionnaire-based study on the effect of landscape and husbandry variables on honeybee survival and productivity. And the second – as part of my dissertation project – I looked into age-related changes in antioxidant capacity in the European Badger.
I officially joined WildCRU at the start of my DPhil in January 2012 to continue work on the European badger, now studying the role of immuno-ecology (mainly oxidative stress and parasitology) in shaping life-history traits and trade-offs.
Since finishing my PhD, I have moved to an Oxford laboratory position, working in cancer research.