Maia Rowe-Sampson

Pathway 1+3

Cohort 2016

1+3 Student

I graduated from King’s College London with an MSci in biochemistry in 2016, during which I carried out 4 research projects, as part of the course and during my summers. My final year research project was on mesenchymal to amoeboid transition in cancer metastasis, which is where my interest in cancer cell migration stemmed from. I then moved straight onto the 1+3 stream of the MRC DTP.

I chose this program because of the wide range of projects available, which have allowed me to explore many aspects of research when I otherwise wouldn’t have been able to. I’ve also been able to get to know whether each lab environment suits me before committing to my PhD there. I’ve really enjoyed the workshops I’ve attended and having an awareness of all the facilities available to me will be invaluable throughout my PhD.

Rotation projects:

1. Generation of a mouse model to study the role of coxsackievirus and adenovirus receptor in lung cancer immunomodulation (Prof. Maddy Parsons)
2. A “double-hit” mouse model for autism spectrum disorder: a pilot study (Dr Laura Andreae)
3. Exploring the general mechanisms of cancer cell migration using live cell imaging combined with computer vision techniques and computational modelling (Dr Matthias Krause and Dr Brian Stramer)