Welcoming our new starters (remotely) - May 2020
For the past few months, things at Random42 have been a little different. As with lots of other companies in the UK and across the world, our teams have quickly adapted to remote working from their homes during these unprecedented times.
Team members who have recently started at Random42 have had to adapt quickly to a new team, a new job as well as a completely new way of working. Some had joined us a little before remote working was implemented so had a small taste of Random42 office life, however, some of our newest recruits have joined us during this period of remote working.
Whilst we are currently unable to welcome these new team members in person, we would instead like to welcome them ‘remotely’ by sharing a little about each of them.
Introducing the newest additions to our team…
Varsha Patel – Scientific Account Executive
BSc (Hons) Human Genetics – University College London
MSc Molecular Medicine – Imperial College London
MRes Biomedical and Translational Science – King’s College London
PhD Molecular Genetics – King’s College London
Varsha completed her PhD in Molecular Genetics at King’s College London. Her research focussed on investigating the effects of gene mutations in a rare type of leukaemia. Varsha has previously worked in academic research and has several research articles published. During her PhD, she became passionate about communicating complex biological mechanisms to a range of audiences, from scientists and clinicians at large international conferences to patients in the clinic. At Random42, Varsha is responsible for writing scientific scripts for different therapeutic areas. Outside of work, Varsha enjoys playing the flute, cooking and baking.
Cara Stewart – HR Director
CIPD Level 5 – Human Resources Management and Services
Cara joins Random42 as HR Director with 8 years’ varied HR experience across industries such as Financial Services, Telecoms and Engineering. Cara is CIPD Level 5 qualified and enjoys working as an HR Generalist because of the variety it offers and being able to provide an end to end HR service working with internal and external stakeholders. Outside of work, Cara spends most of her free time with her one year old or working on her house renovation. To relax she enjoys reading, catching up with friends and travelling both in the UK and abroad.
Pooja Raval Chudasama – Scientific Account Executive
BSc (Hons) Cognitive Science – University of Westminster
MSc Neuroscience – King’s College London
PhD Neuroscience – King’s College London
Pooja is a PhD Neuroscientist whose research centred around elucidating the role of oestrogens in the brain. She spent 1 year of her PhD conducting research at the AstraZeneca-Tuft’s Laboratory for Translational Neuroscience in MA, USA and following this, undertook a post-doctoral position to investigate the beneficial role of oestrogens in Schizophrenia at King’s College London. With extensive laboratory experience specialising in cell culture, pharmacological, biochemical and imaging techniques, Pooja has also contributed to several published research papers. At Random42, Pooja develops scientific scripts and provides scientific project support across all therapeutic areas. Outside of work, she is a keen dancer, foodie, and traveller.
Cicely Coops – Senior Account Executive (Partnerships)
MSc Chemistry – University of Bristol
Cicely studied chemistry at the University of Bristol to a Masters level, specialising in physical chemistry. Since graduating she has remained in the health and science industry, always taking on commercially focused roles. Cicely deals with our partnership projects, creating and building relationships with external agencies. Outside of work, you’ll find Cicely trying out new restaurants in London, or organising her next sunny holiday.
Tristan Varela – Scientific Account Executive
BSc Biochemistry – Imperial College London
MRes/PhD Developmental Neurobiology – King’s College London
MSc Science Media Production – Imperial College London
Tristan finished his PhD on cerebellar evolution and development at King’s College London and followed it up with a Masters in Science Media Production at Imperial College. After a few stints in scientific radio and multimedia, Tristan has made his way to Random42 where he is involved in scriptwriting and supporting projects across a range of biomedical fields. Outside of work, he can usually be found hunting for good food, watching movies, or plucking out a clumsy tune on the ukulele.
Nicola Alexander – Art Director
3D Digital Animation – The University of Hertfordshire
Nicola has recently rejoined Random42 as an Art Director. She was previously with us from back in 2014 for 3 years before leaving in 2017 to work as a Lighting Technical Director within the film industry, some of the projects she worked on include, The Lion King, Fast & Furious, No Time To Die, Little Women. At Random42 Nicola is responsible for directing the creation of animations from storyboards, through to the final edit whilst taking into account, client needs, values and scientific accuracy. Outside of work, Nicola enjoys rock climbing, painting, gaming and films
Natacha Pianeti – Junior 3D Generalist
Digital Director Diploma – Supinfocom Rubika
Natacha graduated from Supinfocom Rubika France in June 2019 and has since been working as a Houdini Charfx artist on Peter Rabbit 2 (2020) with Animal Logic in Sydney before joining Random42. Outside of work, she likes to travel and explore new places and foods, movies, sketching and singing out loud in the shower.
If you are interested in joining our team, please visit our Jobs page.