By Daniela Lobo, PhD Student, University of Warwick
Shortly after I started my PhD, someone told me that I would be able to explain my project to any audience if I could explain it to a 13-year-old. Children can act very similarly to scientists – they are often curious, stubborn and inquisitive. Children ask you the awkward questions. Children won’t easily drop the “why?” until things make sense to them.
I am based in the Biophysical Chemistry group at the University of Warwick – among other things, we are interested on the chemical and optical properties of a virus and how to design and modify it to explore certain cardiovascular phenomena or how to use it as a new platform for pathogen detection. Sometimes I find it difficult to explain my project to other scientists and I often find it necessary to draw or move my hands around to do so – explaining it to a child via a computer could prove to be an extremely difficult task for me. Continue reading
By Emma Pettengale, Commissioning Editor, Portland Press
According to the World Health Organisation, as of 2014 over 600 million adults worldwide are obese, with obesity posing a significant risk to individuals for diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, osteoarthritis and some cancers.
It’s not just about how much you eat and exercise, molecular factors play a part – the genes you inherited from your parents might pre-dispose you to have an increased risk of obesity, interactions between the environment and your genes have a role and energy balance is not a simple equation.
By Lucy Sharples, Sheffield Institute of Translational Neuroscience (SITraN), University of Sheffield
The 1st of July 2016 marked yet another successful Open day at the Sheffield Institute of Translational Neuroscience (SITraN), University of Sheffield. The main research focus at this world-leading centre of neuroscience is motor neurone disease, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease.
As a new PhD student here, I participated in a fantastic opportunity to reveal the behind the scenes of laboratory research to the general public including patients and carers. After a selection of talks about ongoing projects and recent discoveries, the guests were taken round the labs on a series of workstations to gain some hands on experience. Continue reading
By Chelsea Reighard, University of Michigan, USA
I remember my first exposure to bioengineering vividly. My love for science started in primary school, when I received a gift subscription to weekly science magazine. One Saturday afternoon I sprawled out on my parents’ living room carpet to read an issue about ‘wacky inventions’. I could not believe my eyes when I turned the page to find a mouse with an ear on his back—a human shaped ear!
While many of these tissue engineering and 3D printing applications seem to be the stuff of science fiction; the innovative medical devices and education approaches are real. I am fortunate to be spending this academic year researching biomedical solutions to clinical problems under the mentorship of Dr David Zopf.