Ellie studied for her undergraduate degree at Cambridge University, where she read Natural Sciences and ultimately specialised in Biochemistry. In her final year, she carried out a research project directed towards determining the crystal structure of a receptor. Despite failing to grow a single protein crystal, she was inspired to apply for a DPhil Programme in Structural Biology sponsored by The Wellcome Trust at the University of Oxford. Her luck turned and she produced crystals within a matter of months. Her work focussed on protein-protein interactions in cell signalling pathways, in particular on Repulsive Guidance Molecules (RGMs), a family of membrane-anchored glycoproteins that are involved in a wide range of functions from axon guidance to blood iron regulation.
Ellie won several awards for academic achievement, including a prize awarded by Oxford University's Nuffield Department of Medicine for excellent graduate research leading to publications in high impact peer-reviewed journals; the Seraphim Prize for exceptional exam performance in Biochemistry awarded by Selwyn College, Cambridge University; annual Selwyn College scholarships; and a prize for an exam mark in the top three in the UK in her Advanced Level Chemistry Exam.
Ellie taught Biological Chemistry classes to first-year undergraduates and held tutorials at a summer school for pupils who wish to apply to Oxford University. She also enjoyed rowing for her college, competing in triathlons, and being part of her graduate college social committee.
Ellie joined J A Kemp in 2015 and works on patent matters in the Biotechnology and Life Sciences field.
University of Cambridge, Masters Degree in Natural Sciences (Biochemistry); University of Oxford, Dphil in Structural Biology
Certificate in Intellectual Property Law, Queen Mary, University of London
Student member of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA)