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Top three of the week

The top three news stories of the week, as chosen by our resident students. This week’s top stories include scaring birds away, climate change warnings and the effect of a solar eclipse on bees.

By Tom Phillips

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A day in the life (3rd year PhD student)

Hi! My name is Marius and I just started my third PhD year. I am a joint Crick-KCL student and spend my time between two institutions, the Crick and Randall. At Crick, I am a part of Katrin Rittinger’s group where I study ubiquitin E3 ligases using experimental techniques, while at Randall, in Franca Fraternali’s lab, I perform computational simulations to gain atomistic insight into dynamical properties of E3 ligases. The overall aim of my project is to combine experiments and simulations to understand the dynamic properties of E3 ligases. So how does this look on a day to day basis? This was my Friday.

By Marius Kausas

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Top three of the week

The top three news stories of the week, as chosen by our resident students. This week’s top stories include micro-robots, crime-solving using genetics and experimental treatment to help paralysed patients.

By Federica Ferrentino

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Ascona International Workshop

The following account is written by Beth Ormrod and Amy Pearce on their experiences in the 9th Ascona International Workshop on Cardiomyocyte Biology in Switzerland. 

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Ask an alumnus – Jake Howden!

We’re starting a new blog post series to celebrate our amazing alumni! Our life does not end on the day we get our PhDs, it’s quite the opposite really- we’re starting our careers! Sometimes it’s difficult to say what your next step will be – as PhD experience gives us so much that you can be almost anything! If you’re lost or a little unsure about what you want to do after PhD, the best way to find out is to ask around and that’s exactly what we’re doing! 

We’ve asked Jake what he’s up to – and he’s doing amazingly well! Jake did his PhD at Randall with Maddy Parsons and he’s now left the lab bench to be a network manager for the Integrated Biological Imaging Network. Check out his answers below!

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Top three of the week

The top three news stories of the week, as chosen by our resident students. This week’s top stories include eliminating malaria, selfies from an asteroid and the latest Nobel Prize winner.

By Maia Rowe-Sampson

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A day in the life (1st year PhD student)

Hello everybody reading this! My name is Alex Gorey and I am a first year PhD student in Dr Susan Cox’s lab at King’s College. I am currently looking at how variations in the topography of the extracellular matrix affects cell cytoskeleton dynamics. If you didn’t get it, that’s fine, neither do I, just enjoy a casual day with me at King’s 😉

By Alex Gorey

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Top three of the week

The top three news stories of the week, as chosen by our resident students. This week’s top stories include panda communication, a new potential treatment for dementia and treating drug addiction with gene therapy.

By Lindsay McGregor

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A day in the life (2nd year PhD student)

Hey guys, I’m Yonis and I’m a second/third year PhD student in Maddy Parsons’ group. Our group looks at cell adhesion, migration and cytoskeletal dynamics in epithelial tissues and cancerous cells. My project is about investigating a role of a new gene in inherited skin blistering. This is what my usual Friday looks like!

By Yonis Bare

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