I gained my BSc(Hons) Biomedical Sciences at the University of Bath, during this time I completed a year-long research at placement at St Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Tennessee. Here I worked with Dr Myriam Labelle in researching breast and osteosarcoma metastasis and contributed towards the following publication: Jia, H., Janjanam, J., Wu, S., Wang, R, Pano, G.,Celestine, M., Martinot, O., Breeze-Jones, H., Clayton, G., Garcin, C., Shirinifard, A., Zaske, A.M., Finkelstein, D., Labelle, M. The tumor cell–secreted matricellular protein WISP1 drives pro-metastatic collagen linearization. EMBO J. (2019).
I liked the idea of the 1+3 DTP due the rotation scheme, which lets you try out different labs, and has extra courses offered along-side the PhD, as it makes the programme a lot more interdisciplinary than many other PhD programmes, allowing you to learn from a wide range of researchers.
My first rotation was with Professor Peter McNaughton and Dr John Robbins researching mechanisms of immune cell chemotaxis. My second rotation was with Dr Anna Schurich and Dr John Mayer assessing the potential of exosomes to be used as biomarkers for COVID-19. My final rotation will be with Dr Shukry Habib and Dr Jeremy Green assessing the role of Wnt proteins in osteosarcoma stem cells.