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A day in the life (communications intern)

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)”

Top three of the week

The top three news stories of the week, as chosen by our resident students. This week’s top stories are micromachine infection fighters, erasing fear and treating peanut allergies.

By Brooke Lumicisi. 

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CRISPR Gene editing – a way to “fix” the genome?

Day-to-day, my PhD research involves investigating the molecular basis of inherited heart muscle disorders or scientifically – cardiomyopathies. Continue reading “CRISPR Gene editing – a way to “fix” the genome?”

Top Three of the Week

The top three news stories of the week, as chosen by our resident students. This week’s top stories are drunk fish, fake climate news and bat lighting.

By Willow Hight-Warburton.

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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 are methane-eating bacteria, microbial communities and dinosaur camouflage.

By Gintare Bucaite.

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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 are slug glue, living longer and reducing fossil fuels.

By Lindsay McGregor.

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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 are the origin of life, T-Rex’s walk and space plants.

Article written by Grace Chan.

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Forbidden Symmetry at the Royal Society’s Summer Science Exhibition

On Sunday the 9th July X-ray crystallographers from the Asthma and Allergy group in the Randall department gathered alongside artist Dr Shelley James to present an exciting exhibition at the Royal Society’s Summer Science Exhibition. This family-friendly event introduced children and adults alike to the fundamentals of symmetry and ‘forbidden symmetry’. Symmetry operators form the basis of crystallography and were explained using colourful tiles which members of the public arranged in patterns as seen below.

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In a pinch – cells use clathrin-coated lattice tubes to anchor themselves to the ECM during cell migration

Nadia Elkhatib and colleagues have provided evidence to explain why cells in 3D show fewer integrin rich focal adhesions compared to cells on flat surfaces.

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