Science for Health
24 July 2012
The training of students, of all levels, is integral to NIMR and through the programmes we offer we strive to train biomedical leaders of the future. Two PhD students share their experiences of research at NIMR.
I’ve been at NIMR for almost three years as a Marie Curie PhD student. My research project focuses on characterising the differences in immunopathology in virulent and avirulent P. chabaudi infection. The ultimate aim is to identify differences in the host immune responses that correlate with disease outcome. This could hopefully provide useful information for vaccine development and also more insight into disease pathogenesis.
I came to do my PhD here for various reasons. Amongst these are that NIMR has some of the top and most referenced labs in the world, national and international collaborations, a culture of learning and carrying out challenging research, the opportunity to be mentored by some of the world’s leading scientists and to interact with them on a daily basis. I could say a mouthful of adjectives to describe my experiences at NIMR, but what I will say is that NIMR has given me an edge in terms of future career aspirations.
Over the past two years, I have been working with James Turner in the Division of Stem Cell Biology and Developmental Genetics at NIMR. Before coming here, I undertook my undergraduate education at Middlebury College, Vermont (USA), where I had my first taste of meiosis research. After attending a Gordon Conference on Meiosis, where I learned about James’ interesting research, I was inspired to pursue my PhD research in the UK. My work in the Turner lab has been focused on understanding the molecular mechanisms that lead to germ cell loss and infertility in mice.
NIMR is a unique place for research. The tightknit nature of the community encourages frequent interactions, both in the laboratory and in the canteen, corridors and onsite bar. As a PhD student, I have also had the opportunity to present my work at two big international meetings. My PhD training at NIMR has been a stimulating and exciting experience. Over the next two years, I will complete my PhD work at the National Institutes of Health (USA), as part of a collaborative training programme funded by an NIH Marshall Scholarship.
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