Dr Jess Tyrell
"In January 2011 I began working at the University of Exeter Medical School as a junior postdoctoral researcher. At the time I was struggling with a chronic illness that had the potential to limit my career."
"The Medical School was extremely flexible following my appointment and allowed me to switch research fields (from lab based work to epidemiology) to provide me with a career path that would allow me to succeed regardless of any health issues.
"My senior colleagues within the Medical School were incredibly supportive, encouraging flexible working, and this enabled me to quickly establish myself in epidemiology.
"Moving fields was a fantastic decision and in 2014 I was awarded a Fellowship by the Diabetes Research and Wellness Foundation to utilise genetic techniques to investigate factors that have a causal role in type 2 diabetes. Securing a Fellowship is a fantastic springboard for my career and would not have been possible without the support and advice of my mentors."