2010 – 2013 THE UNIVERSITY OF LINCOLN Biomedical Science BSc (Hons)
1st Year Subjects included:
• Introduction to Microbiology (70%)
• Biochemistry (72%)
• Human Cell Biology (71%)
• Health and Disease (76%)
• Clinical Anatomy and Physiology (77%)
Practical Skills gained during my degree
• Well versed in sterile microbiological techniques allowing for the maintenance and growth of bacterial, fungi, viruses and yeast cell culture e.g. streak plating, broth transferal, broth culturing, serial dilution, spread plating, pour plating, preparing a heat fixed slide, gram staining, bacteriophage plaque assay and the set-up and maintenance of using a microscope.
• Cell staining e.g. Haematoxylin and Eosin, van Gieson,, Celestine Blue Methylene Blue, Leishman and May-Grunwald-Giemsa
• Estimation of nucleic acids and their ultraviolet absorption, investigating and identifying different lipids, carbohydrates, nucleic acids, amino acids and proteins, enzyme reactions e.g. temperature, pH, concentration on the rate of reaction
• I am able to set up and use a gel electrophoresis kit, paper chromatography, colorimeter, spectrophotometric assay, fluorescence in situ hybridization protein fractionation and purification using exclusion chromatography and column buffers and carrying out an ELISA immunoassay.
2009-2010 THE UNIVERSITY OF LINCOLN Certificate of Higher Education Health Science (Veterinary Medicine and Science) Pass
• Mammalian Physiology (71%)
• Research Methods and Biometrics (71%)
• Animal Husbandry and Welfare (70%)
• Comparative Anatomy (76%)
• Further Chemistry and Biochemistry (68%)
• Core Chemistry and Biochemistry (77%)
2004 – 2009 Wallington High School for Girls
A-levels: Biology A, Chemistry B, ICT, A, Mathematics B, Music A
GCSEs: 10 including Maths and English at grades A* to A
Other qualification includes:
Grade 8 – Violin, Piano and Theory (2009).
Human genetics and health issues course at the Open University (2009).
Level 1 Athletics Coaching Badge (2010).
First Responder Level 2 Lincolnshire Integrated Voluntary Service (2012).
Student Ambassador for the University of Lincoln (November 2011 onwards)
I have helped out at numerous open days representing the Schools of Natural and Applied Science department encouraging potential students to apply to the University of Lincoln to study biomedical science. This has improved my oral communication skills and the ability to give presentations to the general public.
Summer Project with Dr Timothy E. Bates (June-September, 2011)
I am very interested in research, in particular in mitochondria and their role in diseases in particular cancer. Last summer I was fortunate enough to assist with Dr Bates in some of his research work involving anti-cancer drugs. The aim of the project was investigating the effects of anti-angiogenesis drugs on mitochondrial function. The project involved a wide range of biochemical methods and improved my scientific skills in the laboratory. This has given me a lot of confidence and understanding of the techniques about how the mitochondria in cells can be utilised in possible cancer research of the future using the drugs used. I have grown H460 cells in vitro in order to test a range of drugs that inhibit cancer cell angiogenesis and by using time-lapse photomicroscopy of the cells was able to capture every minute for two hours. I have learnt how to isolate bovine heart mitochondria and measure its oxygen consumption polorographically using a range of concentrations of anti-angiogenesis ligands. I have seen how to measure mitochondrial membrane potential and mitochondrial hydrogen peroxide production fluorimetrically and learnt how to deal with small quantities of cyanide in a safe manner for the benefit of myself and my fellow colleagues. I have learnt the skills of producing a Lowry assay with bovine serum albumin as a concentration standard. I was allowed to participate in a hand on experience of the science laboratories in the university to obtain a back room experience. I learnt how to write a COSHH form, make up different types of agar, how to use the Horiba Pentra 400 auto analyser and how to clean and set up a microscope. Another colleague and I were given the task of investigating if samples of E. faecium which had been stored in glycerol at the university were alive and whether they could be regrown and stored. Further details can be seen and read at http:// [log in for details] / It also developed my analytical thinking, meeting deadlines, patience in collecting results and ICT skills (I am able to confidently use SPSS software (statistical software) and any Microsoft software e.g. Word, Publisher, Access, PowerPoint, Excel, Windows Vista, emailing and the Internet) in creating a poster which in February I will be presenting to the university and in March at the British Conference of Undergraduate Research at Warwick. I have learnt to always plan before attempting any future experiments which has proved valuable when conducting experiments such as protein purification, and techniques like gel electrophoresis and cell staining as part of the cell biology and biochemistry aspect of the biomedical course. It has also helped to develop my skills of working as part of a team but also as an individual further within a laboratory setting. I have become confident in working in partners and doing parts of the practical as an individual.
First Responder Level 2 for Lincolnshire Integrated Voluntary Service (LIVES) (November 2011 onwards)
I have been working voluntarily with LIVES for the last four months and have learnt basic life support and the use of a defibrillator as well as core skills like learning how to deal with a crisis under pressure alone until the ambulance team arrives, common sense and the ability to problem solve.
Work Experience at Department of Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) (2nd – 27th February 2009)
Worked in the pathology development and animal services department looking after laboratory animals and learning valuable microscope skills which has been further enhanced at university.
Volunteer at the Cinnamon Trust (February 2009 onwards)
I look after and walk elderly people’s animals in order to preserve the treasured relationship between owners and their pets when the owners cannot look after them. I am a friendly, sociable person and get on well with people.
Volunteer Helper at De Stafford Sports Centre (2008-2010)
I enjoyed helping out at my local sports centre in Surrey with disabled children to try and encourage them to try different sports. From this I have learnt to communicate with all different ages and to give direction for people to listen to me.
Volunteer at Beaver Zoological and Reptile Rescue (2007 – 2010)
Cleaned and maintained animal enclosures from owls to snakes. Gave talks to school parties on reptiles and supervised the public in holding the different reptiles and answered any pertinent questions the public might have.
My keen interest and ability in running and swimming has resulted in the opportunity to compete for my county and region for both sports. This has developed team building skills as well as dedication and determination. I have won titles and medals in county, regional and national events for athletics and swimming. It is time consuming however I have learnt to be to organised and have been able to keep my sport and academic studies going to a high standard throughout school and university. I play the violin and piano having been a student at the Yehudi Menuhin School where I had the opportunity to play at numerous concert venues such as the Wigmore Hall.