Charvy Narain

B.A (Hons.), M.Sc., D.Phil

Communications and Public Engagement Manager

I support researchers in communicating their work and its impact to as wide an audience as possible, whether that is through press releases, helping researchers write for a broad audience, or organising public engagement events and supporting researchers with hand-on activities at science fairs etc. I also support training for anybody interested in science communications and public engagement with science.

I also maintain and regularly update the RDM website and lead on internal communications within and across the department, including the RDM weekly bulletin.  I work closely with staff members involved in communication and public engagement with science across the whole department, including the MRC Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine.

Before working in science communication, I worked as a research scientist, completing a D.Phil at what is now the Oxford Centre for Functional MRI of the Brain, where I studied the neural substrates of speech decoding. I then worked for nearly a decade as an editor for Nature Neuroscience, one of Nature’s sister journals, while also freelancing as a science writer.

After finishing as a senior editor at Nature Neuroscience, I worked within the University of Oxford News Office, and as the Scientific Outreach Manager for the Nuffield Department of Medicine. Before moving to my current role, I was the communications and engagement manager at Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, where I handled general communications, managed media interest, and led on research communications for the newly established NIHR Oxford Health Biomedical Research Centre.