Elisha Peers
BSc (Hons) Biology, 2013

A doctor in a lab coat holding a chest cavity x-ray.

As someone coming back into education after a successful career in telesales, Elisha Peers was determined to get as much as she could from her University experience. As well as attending every departmental event and volunteering to assist with research projects, she successfully bid for a grant to fund her dissertation and presented her findings at an international conference.

After graduating with a First Class Honours degree, Elisha went to work for global pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) on the Salford Lung Study, a pioneering project to test a new treatment for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) that includes patients with multiple conditions in a randomised controlled trial for the first time. Elisha’s role was to make sure the 80 GP practices and 130 pharmacies were coordinated to record the results of the 2,800+ patients involved in the study, which could improve the lives of people with COPD. A year later she was promoted to a Clinical Research Associate and is now responsible for setting up and monitoring clinical trials on behalf of GSK.

“I was determined to make the most of my time as a student and I took every opportunity to broaden and develop my subject knowledge and skills.”

Elisha Peers