Suzette Lust

Pathway 1+3

Cohort 2017

1+3 Student

I’ve done projects on completely diverse topics this year. I started in St Thomas’ in medical imaging, looking at phase-contrast MRI data to estimate aortic pressure of patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. I then spent some time in a materials lab working on development of a biomaterial tissue scaffold for bone regeneration and currently I am working on stem cell response to mechanical cues in another tissue engineering lab!

I did both my bachelors (BEng) and masters (MSc) in Mechanical Engineering at University College London. Before coming to Kings, I worked at University College London on nerve regeneration with the team, which now make up the Centre for Nerve Engineering. I worked on enhancing peripheral nerve repair using small molecules as therapeutics, focusing on modelling drug diffusion into nerve tissue.

I chose the DTP because coming from a physical sciences background I wanted to be in an environment where I could learn lab skills. I am particularly interested in applying physical science techniques within medical or biological contexts, combining modelling with in-vitro work and the DTP projects allow me to gain the skills I need to do this! 

I really love the amazing opportunities to learn about so many different areas of science. Even if you don’t realise it at the time, techniques often overlap and can all be useful for your end research.  I also like how welcoming the program is of people from different disciplines; you really do feel valued bringing a different approach to the projects.