The top three news stories of the week, as chosen by our resident students. This week’s top stories are that space flight, an interstellar cucumber and test tube eggs.
By Fuad Mosis
Written by Mateen Wagiet (2nd Yr. PhD Darwin Trust Scholar)
Figure 1: Skyline of the Great City of Edinburgh.
Founded in 1983 by Sir Kenneth ‘Ken’ Murray FRS FRSE FRCPAth (1930 – 2013) with the purpose of: “promoting education and research in Natural Sciences and in particular Molecular Biology”. The Darwin Trust of Edinburgh was established to support students from outside the UK who wish to study towards a PhD in the UK. Since 2015, the Randall Centre has been the home at KCL offering Darwin Trust studentships for postgraduates from Africa.
Dr. Jennifer Doudna, one of the leading figures to propose the use of the adaptive bacterial immune mechanism-CRISPR/cas9 for targeted gene editing , was invited to King’s College London to deliver a lecture as part of the King’s International Lecture series. Continue reading “Crisps, CRISPR and the CRISPR-er”
A knee joint in a jar. Sounds like something from an Edgar Allan Poe novel. In fact, this was what I received in the lab one summer evening from our clinician.
Why a knee joint? This is one of the affected areas in types of arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis. Inflammatory arthritis of the joint is an autoimmune disease, an occurrence when the body’s immune system triggers a harmful response against itself. Continue reading “The players of arthritis – A joint effort”
Welcome to a day in my life as an intern at Alzheimer’s society. I have documented a whole day in images and you can watch it below.
But first, a bit of background. I am a 3rd year PhD student in Maddy Parsons lab working on ‘trafficking and internalisation of cell membrane receptors in response to antibody-drug conjugates in 3 dimensional matrices’. Basically, I’m looking at how a new type of lung cancer drug works in artificial tissue environments compared to the traditional cell models. I love the research, as frustrating as it can be at times. However, I’m considering my options for when I finish in just over a year – EEK! I am leaning towards a career in either research or communications for a charity. I wanted to get some experience of these roles which led me to consider an internship. Continue reading “A day in the life (communications intern)”