Last month’s The Vincy, the official newsletter of the High Commision for St. Vincent & the Grenadines, featured Michelle James – currently practising at the Royal Free Trust as a biomedical scientist (BMS) in histopathology.
Born in the UK but raised in SVG, Michelle returned to the UK in 1993 to further her tertiary education. She holds a BSc (hons) sandwich degree in Biomedical Sciences, and a MSc in Cellular Pathology.
She has conducted prolific scientific research in various cancer studies, and is currently writing a scientific paper based on a research project measuring the levels of two specific proteins in prostate cancer patients and how the results respond to hormonal treatment. This will be her first first-authorship paper. To date, she has ten co-authorship publications.
Michelle plans to pursue a PhD degree, with particular emphasis on research into prostate cancer with the potential of a breakthrough in its management, early detection, specific diagnosis and effective treatment.
“Prostate cancer has the highest prevalence in the black race, and it is my goal to make a scientific contribution towards the understanding of the disease,” she said.
Michelle’s long-term goal is to return to St. Vincent to set up a diagnostic laboratory.
“I believe that my expertise in diagnostics and knowledge of cancer would be beneficial towards the treatment of cancer in SVG.
“I would also like to further educate Vincentians about different types of cancer, including breast, cervical, colon, pancreatic and prostate.”
Not just an academic, Michelle is working on a collection of poems for publication called ‘Emotions and Expressions’. Her poetry is about inspiration, love, romance, relationships, heart-break and self esteem.
Michelle has been an active member of the London-based New Association of St Vincent & the Grenadines and Friends [chaired by Denzel Winsborrow] since 2008.