About Sophie

MoiI am a French citizen, and I have been living in the UK since 2008.

I hold a PhD in Molecular Physiology and Genetics, and before becoming a freelance translator, I worked as a postdoctoral researcher/laboratory manager, at the University of Oxford (Pathology Department).

My goal is to help my clients communicate their message in the most fluent and engaging way. I like clear writing and I believe that even with a very specialised subject, it is possible to organise ideas and use simple language and sentences to convey a message that can be easily understood.

I am a Career Affiliate of the Institute of Translation & Interpreting (ITI) and I abide by the ITI code of professional conduct.

I draw on my experience in plant science and medical sciences to produce specialised translations. I have excellent writing skills and attention to detail. I also continue to provide academic editing in English, i.e. checking if the science is expressed accurately and clearly in research publications. By offering academic editing services alongside my main activity of translation, I get to work on very varied projects, which is something that I especially enjoy.

If you followed the link or have read up to now, here are some personal views:

I love living in the UK for so many reasons, including but not limited to the positivity (maybe not about the weather…) and entrepreneurial spirit, the wit, the love of the outdoors (gardening, walking in the countryside and in parks, conservation of the wildlife), the British history and cultural heritage, and the TV programmes (Gardeners’ world, any programme by Lucy Worsley, University Challenge, Only Connect, Dr Who and so many original dramas).

During my time in research, I have been fascinated by RNA (say the nucleus of a cell is a non-lending library full of instruction books: the DNA. In this library, you’re allowed to make copies: the RNAs, which you can use to make anything you would like, say some cellular membrane, enzymes, hormones…). I worked on different model organisms, namely yeasts (budding and fission yeast), Arabidopsis thaliana, and human cells, but my focus has always been RNAs: their structure, how they are made, modified, translated (already translation…), stored and degraded.