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How students see scientists: Part XII

The WIMM plays host to many students over the course of the summer months, offering them a valuable insight into the life of a scientist, and introducing them to fundamentally important concepts and techniques in the lab. In this post, Rahul Shah, a medical student about to start the third year of his degree at … Continue reading

How students see scientists: Part XI

For the past two years, we have posted a series of blogs over the summer months written by students who give up their free time to undertake work experience placements at the WIMM. In the first of this year’s posts, Casper Woods, a lower sixth student at St Paul’s School in London, tells us about the time he … Continue reading

It’s not all about sex: there’s a biological clock ticking in fathers too

It is well known that as a woman ages, the number and quality of eggs that she produces declines – making it more challenging to conceive later in life, and increasing the risk of difficulties during pregnancy. But what about men? In a recent study published in PNAS, a team of Wellcome Trust-funded scientists led … Continue reading

Lighting up our sentinels

Traditionally, gynaecological cancers (those found in a woman’s reproductive system) are diagnosed using an invasive and potentially dangerous technique that often leads to additional health concerns for the patient – as if coping with the cancer itself wasn’t enough. Fortunately, scientists working in Professor Ahmed Ahmed’s lab at the WIMM have recently developed an alternative … Continue reading

From stem cell to specialized cell: but what happens in between?

Stem cells have the remarkable ability to develop into a whole host of highly specialized cell types, but the process by which this happens is extremely transient and therefore enormously challenging to study. However, a new paper from Claus Nerlov’s and Sten Eirik Jacobsen’s labs, published in Nature Cell Biology two weeks ago, is one of … Continue reading

An alternative path to immortality

In December 2015, David Clynes (a postdoc in Richard Gibbons’ lab) was awarded a 5-year fellowship from Children with Cancer to set up his own research group. Here, his colleague and co-author Barbara Xella describes the work that was instrumental in obtaining this funding, published in Nature Communications last year. Chromosomes are long DNA molecules … Continue reading

How students see scientists: Part X

In the last of our series of blogs written by students who chose to spend their summers at the WIMM, Kristian Rutenberg-Houchen tells us how his time in Jan Rehwinkel’s lab has inspired him to pursue this ‘exciting and ever-changing career’. This summer I spent two weeks with Professor Jan Rehwinkel and his team after … Continue reading

How students see scientists: Part IX

Rarely do scientists regard failed experiments as ‘exciting’ (in fact, one would imagine they have a variety of choice words which they might use instead to describe such occurrences). However, in the latest in our series of blogs written by students who undertake work placements at the WIMM, Aliya Chandaria and Lisa Li remind us … Continue reading

How students see scientists: Part VII

Last year the WIMM established a collaboration with the Chinese University of Hong Kong to encourage and support medical students on the Global Physician Leadership Stream to participate in exchange studies overseas. This year, Timothy Liong Tipoe chose to spend the summer break from his medical studies working in Paresh Vyas’ lab with Lynn Quek, … Continue reading

Making faces: New insights into craniofacial malformations

Craniofacial malformations, i.e. those that affect the head and face, make up over one-third of all congenital birth defects. These types of abnormalities can also have the greatest impact on patients, who often have concerns about their appearance that can have a significant impact on their quality of life. Professor Andrew Wilkie has been part … Continue reading

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