Dr Su­per­bugs is off to Antarc­tica

Kirsty’s tak­ing the trip of a life­time

Ayrshire Post - - Girvan News - Abi Smil­lie

A su­per­bug re­searcher is one of three women in Scot­land set to take on a year- long pro­gramme in Antarc­tica.

Dr Kirsty Robb, 35, from Gir­van, is gear­ing up for Jan­uary next year when she will set sail on the most ad­ven­tur­ous jour­ney in her ca­reer to date.

Cur­rently work­ing in the fight against su­per­bugs, Kirsty will join oth­ers across the globe as part of Home­ward Bound – a ground break­ing ini­tia­tive and outreach for women in science.

The ini­tia­tive aims to heighten the im­pact of women with a science back­ground in or­der to in­flu­ence pol­icy and de­ci­sion mak­ing as it shapes the planet.

Known as the Protein Queen in her ac­tion against su­per­bugs, Kirsty said: “I feel very proud of my­self to get to this stage.

“I didn’t think I would get any­where with my ap­pli­ca­tion, but I have been through three rounds of ap­pli­ca­tion re­views and I am down to the 80 strong group – with only three from Scot­land – who will be go­ing on the ex­pe­di­tion in Jan­uary 2019.

“The whole thing is fo­cused on lead­er­ship, strat­egy, build­ing re­la­tion­ships and prob­lem solv­ing.

“I am burst­ing with ex­cite­ment and be­ing Antarc­tica, with me be­ing the out­doors type, it is a great big tick on the bucket list.

As well as be­ing an ex­pe­ri­enced moun­taineer and Moun­tain Leader, qual­i­fied to guide peo­ple in the High­lands of Scot­land, Kirsty is now a Post- Doc­toral re­searcher at the Strath­clyde In­sti­tute of Phar­macy and Bio­med­i­cal Science ( SIPBS).

She added: “I am very ex­cited at hear­ing what other women from around the world have to say on a whole di­verse range of things.

“One of the main rea­sons we are go­ing to Antarc­tica is about cli­mate change and how it af­fects us all.

“It will be the sum­mer when we are there, but it will still be tem­per­a­tures of be­tween zero and - 15 de­grees, so it will be re­ally chal­leng­ing when we are on land. It will, with­out doubt, be one of the high­lights of my ca­reer and I think it will change my life.”

Kirsty is cur­rently in the process of rais­ing £ 14,000 to help her take part in the ex­pe­di­tion of the Home­ward Bound ship in Jan­uary 2019.

If you would like to do­nate or find out about gifts and mer­chan­dise avail­able to help her cause please visit www. gofundme. com/ KirstyTeamHB2019.

New ad­ven­ture Kirsty Robb on one of her jour­neys scal­ing moun­tains

Selfie Moun­tain leader Kirsty poses dur­ing one of her out­door ex­pe­di­tions

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