Emily Rutherford

I am in the second year of an MD programme in RCSI looking at the molecular mechanisms of how breast cancer cells invade and develop treatment resistance.

I am interested in understanding why some patients respond to drugs like Herceptin and others do not.

Though my work is completely laboratory-based, it has translational relevance for clinical practice, and I am co-supervised by a scientist and a clinician.

There are MD students at many different stages in their training at RCSI, and I would recommend a postgraduate degree to anyone who is interested in a career as an academic clinician. Finally, there are great opportunities to teach and supervise undergraduate medical students, which I really enjoy.

Emily Rutherford, Clinical Educator and MD Scholar