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Alzheimer’s and brain-consumption… a tenuous link?

Unless you’re under a rock or live in the distant highlands of Papua New Guinea in complete isolation from the outside world, then of course it will have registered somewhere that it is in fact Halloween. I will, along with many others, be getting zombified tonight for the weekend’s celebration of all things spooky. After all, […]

Report on bioremediation of wastewater using microalgae

Internship finished!

During the last couple of weeks spent in India, my internet was cut off, so now I can sum up my placement for you all, detailing some of the work I carried out while also letting you know that I made it back to England safe and sound! The last few weeks of my placement […]

Why not use Wikipedia?

Why not use Wikipedia?

A recent article in the BBC news titled “Trust your doctor, not Wikipedia, say scientists” got me thinking about how dependable we can become on websites such as Wikipedia and how reliable the information we obtain from it is. During the first year of university, the importance of using reliable sources for information when writing […]

Moving up the literary ladder

Moving up the literary ladder

I am currently making my way through a large pile of journal articles for my dissertation and for multiple essays and critical reviews I have to hand in soon as assignments. It was when reading through one such article on inflammatory mediators in diseases such as atherosclerosis and hypertension that it suddenly hit me as […]

The royal approval

The royal approval

“The University of Leicester has been awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education”. I read that sentence on a university web page and had no idea as to what exactly the university had done to be awarded what is no doubt a prestigious award so I did some quick reading and this […]

How is an industrial placement year marked?

How is an industrial placement year marked?

Depending on which university you go to and which course you study, taking a year out after your penultimate year to work in industry will be graded differently. At the University of Leicester and specifically for the Biological Sciences department (which includes Medical Physiology, Medical Biochemistry etc), taking a year out to work on a […]

The Fax machine? No the FACS machine!

The Fax machine? No the FACS machine!

I’m not sure if I have previously mentioned the main technique that I use to obtain my data but thought I would dedicate a blog post to it as it is pretty amazing, so here goes! When I talk about my work to a non-scientist and state that I use the FACS machine (Fluorescent-activated cell […]

I’d rather do an experiment thank you!

I’d rather do an experiment thank you!

Working in research involves designing and carrying out experiments which is great. Especially when the experiment actually works and you get useful data! The not so great side of working in research though is that you need to keep an updated log of your work. At GSK it is in the form of an electronic […]

Tailgating Pride

Tailgating Pride

Not sure if ‘Tailgating Pride’ is even a phrase but here goes!   No doubt many of you must have heard about the Richard III being found under a Leicester car park with the archaeological site being overseen by the University of Leicester student and staff. When I initially heard that it was confirmed that […]

My cells are still on vacation!

My cells are still on vacation!

Reading the title as a biologist or a crazy sci-fi fanatic you might think that I have somehow managed to separate myself as a being from the cells that make up my body. A difficult concept to grasp for some let alone to actually do! But alas no I have not yet managed to complete […]

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