Abby Weston

Pathway iCASE 0+4

Cohort 2020

0+4 iCASE Student

I graduated with a BSc in Biochemistry from the University of Nottingham in 2017, before going on to study a Masters by Research in Biochemistry at the University of Bristol. Here, I was investigating how the ESCRT complex is recruited for autophagosome closure in Dr Jon Lane’s group.   

I am now in the first year of an iCASE studentship in collaboration with Wrigley’s investigating how sodium accumulates in the mucosal pellicle, binding to salivary proteins and how this could potentially provide a novel mechanism for the perception of thirst in the mouth. I am then going to be developing chewing gums at Wrigley’s, in Chicago, on an industrial placement. I chose to do an industrial collaboration as I have no experience in industry and thought this would be a great way to gain experience to determine whether I would like to pursue a career in industry in the future. I chose the DTP as it provides extra doctoral training in the form of seminars, workshops, career and personal development, helping me to become a more versatile scientist. I was also drawn to being part of a cohort as this gives you an extra level of support and is a great way to make friends with similar interests.