08 September, 2017
I am an undergraduate about to go into my third of four years studying Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry at the University of Oxford, and I knew I wanted to do a lab placement over the summer of my second year, ideally close to home.
I had visited the Babraham Institute on the Schools’ Day as a Year 12 student from Hills Road Sixth Form College, and really enjoyed the activities and atmosphere, so I decided to contact a group leader whose research I thought sounded especially interesting about the possibility of doing a project in his lab this summer.
For my six week placement I have been working in Oliver Florey's lab, expressing a biosensor for a particular phospholipid in cell membranes, to then study using fluorescence microscopy. I feel like I have grown a lot in confidence in working independently in the lab, as well as a having gained a really useful insight into life in academic research
Everyone has been very friendly and more than happy to answer my questions and talk to me about their work, so I would really encourage anyone thinking about applying to a lab at the Babraham Institute to go for it. It’s a lovely environment to be in, both the campus itself and the research-related and community events going on. The Institute is also very geared up to accommodating students, from sixth formers to undergraduates like me and also PhD students.
08 September 2017
By Guest Blogger