Dr Christopher Elphick
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Doctor Christopher Elphick is an Associate Research Fellow working as part of the team at Exeter University, along with Doctor Dimitris Vlachopoulos and Professor Craig Williams, on the SEEDS project. SEEDS stands for Science Engagement to Empower Disadvantaged Adolescents and the overall objective is to engage adolescents from deprived neighbourhoods in designing interventions that will improve their healthy lifestyles by training them in scientific methodologies, increasing their interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) careers and to empower them by enhancing their critical thinking capabilities.
The SEEDS project is in collaboration with a large European team of academics and stakeholders. Members of the society and organisations have been awarded a prestigious Horizon 2020 grant (1.1m €) as part of the Science with and for Society-SwafS programme to tackle the increasing societal challenges across Europe.
2018 - PGCE Secondary Education - Chemistry Specialist
2013 - PhD Genomics in Society
2008 - MSc Genomics in Society
2007 - MRes Bioinformatics
2006 - BSc Biological Sciences
2018 - 2021 Secondary School Science Teacher
2015 - 2017 Graduate Research Associate (EGENIS)
2014 - 2018 Polymath Planning and Construction Services
2003 - 2011 Psychiatric Nursing Assistant Devon Partnership NHS Trust
I am very interested in the prospect of anything that can improve the lives of adolescents, especially concerning their time at school.
My experiences are quite varied and much of my previous research was inspired by my time working as a psychiatric nursing assistant. This led me to producing an undergraduate dissertation on the reasons why mental health problems are still stigmatised, and ultimately led to my doctoral studies examining the use of genetic testing in mental health care.
During my time working in autism research, I volunteered giving a series of university style lectures with a charity called 'The Brilliant Club' - this was my first taste of teaching, and after this I decided to train to become a teacher. When working as a teacher I was particularly interested in learning more about how people actually memorise content.
The prospect of being able to combine both my academic experiences along with my experiences in the classroom is exciting and my intention is to draw on both working on the SEEDS project.
I previously worked as a Graduate Research Associate on a Wellcome Trust funded project, Exploring Diagnosis.