My Experience with in2science, by George Padolsey

By Rebecca Mckelvey Uncategorized

For the tenth time in a row, the impossibly thin piece of metal alloy broke. Of course, this wasn’t a normal metal alloy but was in-fact platinum-iridium wire. This is the kind of equipment you normally only get access to in your third year of a physics degree. Yet through the access provided by in2science, […]

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The effect of sleep deprivation on the reaction time of Drosophila melanogaster flies

By Rebecca Mckelvey 2016

By Filitsa Theodoridou   As part of my research placement at Imperial College London, I was given the fantastic opportunity by my supervisor, Dr Alice French, to take on my own mini-project. The idea was to test whether the speed of probosis extension reflex (PER) differs between slept and sleep deprived Drosophila melanogaster flies. This was […]

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One week in Manolis Fanto’s research group

By Rebecca Mckelvey 2016

By Wesley Tizzard   During my summer placement at Manolis Fanto’s group, under the supervision of Olga Baron in the Clinical Neuroscience department in the Maurice Wohl building, I have worked on the molecular mechanisms of neurodegeneration by polyglutamines, mainly using Drosophila as a model system. Specific interests were: 1) The deregulation of the autophagic […]

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Medicine, psychiatry and research; my 2 weeks at UCL

By Rebecca Mckelvey 2016

By Alan Kowalski If you don’t know, you can probably guess – getting into medical school is hard! Hopeful applicants (like myself) apply to every opportunity they see and hope for the best in terms of being accepted onto the placement because that’s just a necessity nowadays. In2Science was no different. “Looks good!” I said to […]

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Sana’s Immunobiology blog

By Rebecca Mckelvey 2016

By Sana Hussain King’s College London-Department of Immunobiology at Guy’s Hospital                                    25th July- 5th August My placement combined observing and working in the lab, alongside my supervisor Dr Susan John; meetings, visiting museums and watching PhD students’ presentations (i.e on Blue Tongue Virus and Ebola).  The lab studies TCR and cytokine induced signalling mechanisms […]

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Ben’s In2Science blog

By Rebecca Mckelvey 2016

By Benjamin Simpson   Monday 15th August When I arrived at the lab, the first thing I noticed was how casual everything was. Even the principal investigator arrived at about 11. I expected to find a strict regime of when/what to arrive, do and wear. I met with Niki who I was shadowing and Anna […]

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Molly Monk and Issy Bolton at the University of Bath

By in2scienceuk Uncategorized

Photo: Issy and Molly with Pawan Jolly in the department of electronic & electrical engineering  Within the department we were working with the Biosensor group. During our time there we were given lots of opportunities organised by our supervisor, Pawan Jolly, to experience and learn about research science. We visited chemistry, electronics and the nanofabrication […]

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in2scienceUK blog by Adeolu Busari

By in2scienceuk Uncategorized

Despite the warning at the introduction day that the labs we will be entering will not resemble ‘a giant room filled with new state of the art tech and machinery littered with scientists in their lab coats constantly pipetting’. I still had small hopes that some aspects of the description would be true. How I […]

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Images from Magdalena Lewoniec’s placement at the University of Bath

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Laing O’Rourke engineering placement: C520 Custom House Station

By in2scienceuk Uncategorized

by Aneesa Ali My engineering placement was with Laing O’Rourke; an engineering enterprise based in the UK who provide engineering, construction and management services to countries all over the world. One of the projects they are currently working on is Crossrail; a new rail service in and around London which will reduce congestion on train […]

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Primers, DNA and enzymes – it’s a PCR! by Leighvi Pilcher

By in2scienceuk Uncategorized

A PCR – Polymerase Chain Reaction – is a reaction that is used to amplify the genes from a sample of DNA. In my PCR, we were trying to identify the normal “wild type” samples, and the SOD samples. I ran 12 samples in total – 2 controls (1 wild type, 1 SOD) and 10 […]

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Histology by Ruki and Hafiza

By in2scienceuk Uncategorized

Ruki Ibrahim and Hafiza Irshad were supervised by Dr Laura Yates in Imperial’s Faculty of Medicine. Here they share some of the imaging work they did:

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The effect of pH on arterial dilation and constriction, by Thulase Sivasothy

By in2scienceuk Uncategorized

Thulase undertook a two-week placement in UCL’s Department of Neuroscience, Physiology & Pharmacology, where she set up experiments to look at the effect of pH on arterial dilation and constriction, as well as trying out patch-clamping. Read about her experience here: Thulase In2ScienceUK Blog (pdf)

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Mind control?!? by Kiran Pillai

By in2scienceuk Uncategorized

Firstly I want to apologise. The majority of my week or even just a whole day was not based on mind control – it was only a small part. However what I did was as interesting as mind control. So at 8.20 Monday morning I arrive at the Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine to […]

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Cancer Research at UCL, by Zoya Gokhool

By in2scienceuk Uncategorized

Graft-versus-host disease (GVHD). The heart of my supervisor’s research are these four words, much like a riddle in its entirety, it would be better to say the heart of this research relies in solving this particular riddle. However this puzzle goes beyond the typical, with its involvement of tissue culturing, fluorescent microscopy, something rather brilliant […]

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Bath University’s Bee Unit

By in2scienceuk Uncategorized

By Lewis Hayward The aim of my placement was to isolate a yeast (Metschnikowia pulcherrima) that is capable of producing an antibiotic from blackberry bushes found on campus. I collected 3 leaves, 3 fruits and 3 flowers from 5 bushes on Bath University’s Bee Unit. From there I had to compare yeasts growing on those […]

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Biiftuu’s placement with Laing O’Rourke

By in2scienceuk Uncategorized

Biiftuu had a week-long work placement with Laing O’Rourke, looking at the work of engineers involved with the new Francis Crick Institute, as well as the new Crossrail and Underground station at Tottenham Court Road.

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Part II: Regina’s second week at KCL

By in2scienceuk Uncategorized

My second week at King’s was spent with Dr Matthew Grubb and his team consisting of Elisa Galliano and Adna Dumitriscu which I got to work with closely with. Their project was more focused on neurons and more specifically, the olfactory bulb in mice. They want to see if and how stimuli affects the AIS […]

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Part I: Regina’s placement in Neuroscience at KCL

By in2scienceuk Uncategorized

by Regina Gul My placement this summer was at King’s College London in the Neuroscience department for the duration of two weeks (17th August – 28th August 2015). Before I start this entry, I would like to mention just how wonderful everyone was at making sure I was well accommodated with their work, that I […]

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Part II: Tissue Culture

By in2scienceuk Uncategorized

by Hafiza Irshad During my two weeks in the lab I was given some cells to look after (A549), I developed a strong bond with these cells over the two weeks and loved them as my own. The cells divide constantly, if they outgrow their container they run the risk of dying, something I definitely […]

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