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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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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Monique’s placement in Tissue Engineering

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Monique Nahr undertook a placement in Tissue Engineering under the supervision of Azi Rezaei, in the group of Dr Gavin Jell at UCL’s Royal Free Hospital. I gained an insight into tissue engineering, from scaffolding cells in collagen to growing and culturing cells, 3d printing and nanotechnology. I also experienced what working towards a PhD […]

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Developing a Purification Process for Proteins by Nada Mansoor

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Here we get a glimpse at Nada’s two weeks in UCL’s Department of Biochemical Engineering, under the supervision of Dr Teresa Barata and Darryl Kong. I In2Science Poster Nada Mansoor (pdf)

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Glial Cell Research by Farzana Miah

By in2scienceuk Uncategorized

Farzana learnt about glial cell research during her two-week placement under the supervision of Angshu Angbohang, in the group of Professor Astrid Limb. During my two weeks at the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology I’ve learnt about the human glial cell, a type of stem cell, that is able to regenerate into retinal neurons.  This is […]

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The Wonders of FTCD

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by Britney Afram My supervisor (Heather Payne) works within UCL’s Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience in the Visual Communication Group, who conduct research looking at how the brain processes language in people who are born profoundly deaf. The language they use is very variable such as British Sign Language and spoken language. Looking at language processing […]

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Bees seem to be forgetting how to make the honey

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There has been constant debate over the past decade revolving around the cause or many causes for the decline in the number of bumblebees situated in the British countryside.  Many scientists believe this decrease is caused by ubiquitous contrails which contain water vapour, carbon dioxide, oxides of sulphur and nitrogen along with metal particles such […]

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X-Ray and Laser Imaging using iterative methods by Osman Omar

By in2scienceuk Uncategorized

On my in2scienceUK Placement, I studied ptychography and worked with laser imaging with a PhD student, Stefanos Chalkidis. During my placement, I scanned various different things such as a piece of mica, glass, a sample from a colleague and a wing from a dead fly. First, we set up the sample by attaching it to […]

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Paul’s placement in Neuroscience, Physiology & Pharmacology

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During my time in Professor Alasdair Gibb’s lab, I followed him and his students in their study of brain tissue, specifically NMDA receptors found on the membranes of dopamine cells. The research carried out in his lab corresponds to Parkinson’s disease, as the effects of the disease are caused by the loss of dopamine cells. […]

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Tetrodotoxin, a poster by Paul Izevbuwa

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Paul undertook a placement in UCL’s Research Department of Neuroscience, Physiology & Pharmacology, in the group of Professor Alasdair Gibb. During his placement he got to grips with the very important skill of creating scientific posters.

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Ruvimbo’s Rainbow Mitochondria

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Ruvimbo spent two weeks in UCL’s Research Department of Neuroscience, Physiology & Pharmacology, in the group of Prof Josef Kittler and under the supervision of Christian Covill-Cooke. We wanted to see the effect of antimycin-A on the production of  mitochondria derived vesicles (MDVs), a way to get rid of faulty mitochondia that contain ROS which […]

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Schrödinger’s Equation—¿after that session was I dead or alive or both?

By in2scienceuk Uncategorized

My In2science placement took place between the 21st and the 25th of July at the London Centre for Nanotechnology, UCL. As the week began I was both nervous and excited. I was happy with the placement I’d been given—working alongside PhD students, experts in Physics, both theoretical and experimental. I could not have been placed […]

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A placement in Epidemiology & Public Health

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Jennifer tells us about her placement in UCL’s Department of Epidemiology and Public Health… During my week at UCL Department of Epidemiology I learnt in depth how scientific research projects on a cross-disciplinary basis are constructed and can be completed successfully. I also learnt about applying for funding and appealing to organisations such as the […]

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Nanotechnology by Daniel C

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What goes on at the London Centre for Nanotechnology? Daniel gives us an insight into one project taking place: Surface Acoustic Waves device, SAWs is an incredibly sensitive machine that measures viscosity. A lab at the London Centre of Nanotechnology uses this device to detect antigens from viruses such as HIV and hepatitis. However, antigens […]

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Making informed degree choices

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Kaarthigan tells us how his Neuroscience placement at UCL has helped him make an informed decision about his choice of degree… I had a two week placement at the Ear Institute at UCL, and I wanted to talk about the overall experience and effect it has had on the decisions I made when applying to university. […]

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Visits visits visits!

By in2scienceuk Uncategorized

Skies are blue, the sun is shining, and the 2014 in2scienceUK summer programme is well and truly underway. I have had the privilege to see several students on their placements already, and have been amazed at the variety of projects they’ve been involved in. Yesterday, I began my day at the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology where our student […]

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