2018 Summer Studentship Recipients

Stephen Watson (Physical Sciences)
Stephen Watson is working towards his Master’s degree at the University of Glasgow.  He proposes to study 3 dimensional magnetic structures using transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Currently magnetic data storage is mostly confined to 2D planar structures, utilising the 3rd dimension offers great prospects for future applications.

Rashid Khashiev (Physical Sciences)
Rashid is a second year student in Natural Sciences (NST) at the University of Cambridge.  Rashid’s experience in fluorescence microscopy and computational image analysis will help to carry out the proposed microscopical analysis of embryonic development in the green micro-algae Volvox and other members of the family Volvocaceae.

Tilly Hancock (Physics applied to life)
Tilly is in her second year of a Master’s degree in physics at the University of Bristol.  Her interest in the processes of photosynthesis and plants’ self-regulation is the ultimate focus of the proposed project.  After first hearing about methods of imaging biological matter, such as laser confocal microscopy, on a STEM summer school, she has become enthused about using microscopy, imaging and spectroscopy for a biological or medical purpose. This project will combine these two interests, using structured light scanning in microscopy to enable to study stomata in plant leaves.

Owen Underwood, (Life Sciences)
Owen  is a second year undergraduate in Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine at the University of Nottingham, and the project aims to validate the Teluc BRET imaging technique and investigate receptor pharmacology at the endogenous single cell level. The programme of work will involve investigation of single cell ligand binding using bioluminescence microscopy in previously established live cells engineered with CRISPR/Cas9 to express Teluc/ β2AR or Nluc/ β2AR under endogenous promotion as well as over-expressed receptors.  It will provide for high quality training in cutting edge microscopy and CRISPR/Cas9 genome engineering techniques.

Emma McCormick (Physical and Life Sciences)
Emma McCormick is currently in her third year of an MPhys Physics degree at the Department of Physics, University of Strathclyde.  Using microscopy to understand the cell biology of Streptomycetes is vital to understand their life cycles, morphological changes caused by secondary metabolite production and quantifying production of extracellular components.  The primary aim of this project is to use standing wave microscopy (SWM) to study the morphology of various Streptomycete strains of interest which have various mutations causing changes in their metabolite production.

2017 Summer Studentship Recipients

Physical Sciences Studentships

William Cartwright is a 3rd year Masters student in Physics at the University of Durham. William will be using a novel atomic force microscopy measurement tool to investigate the effect of curvature on the mechanical properties of synthetic extracellular vesicles, a promising tool for nanomedicine.

Rhiannon Heard is in her 3rd year of a Masters in Engineering at the University of Oxford and will use this studentship to conduct a project combining academia and industry. She will spend time in Oxford and at Deben UK using advanced in situ microscopy techniques to characterise the high rate behaviour of polymers under quasistatic conditions.

Life Sciences Studentships

Nikita Patel is in the 3rd year of her Masters in Pharmacology at University College London. In a project conceived by Nikita, she will further investigate the potential use of mesenchymal stem cells and will use multicolour 3D confocal microscopy to image the lung and spleen in and ex vivo and intravital microscopy to gather completely novel data.

Vinayak Ramdhun is a 2nd year undergraduate at the University of Leicester studying Medical Biochemistry. Sparked by his interest in the central principle of molecular biology, Vinayak will use single-molecule microscopy to dissect the mechanism of promote melting by human GTfs and Pol II in mRNA transcription.

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