So it's been a few weeks since I posted anything here... I've been super busy with my MSc course and societies, but I'm learning lots of really interesting things that I hope to write about over the next few weeks!
This next instalment is about a scientist who has spent her career researching HIV Françoise Barre-Sinoussi Worked at the Institut Pasteur, studying retroviruses, and did a PhD supervised by Jean-Claude Chermann in 1974. Won the Nobel prize for Physiology or Medicine in 2008, alongside Luc Montagnier and Harald zur Hausen, for the discovery of human … Continue reading Women in science: Francoise Barre-Sinoussi
Rosalind Franklin Franklin studied Natural Sciences at Newnham college, Cambridge She was a chemist by profession - she got a research fellowship at Cambridge after graduation, during which she earned a PhD. Franklin worked as an X-ray crystallographer (a technique also used by Dorothy Hodgkin), and contributed towards the discovery of the structure of DNA. The Nobel Prize … Continue reading Women in Science: Rosalind Franklin
Viruses have had a major impact on the evolutionary path of animals. They shape populations through infectious diseases, and, as recently discovered, through the more subtle process of endogenisation into the genome. Retroviruses are a class of virus - think HIV and CMV- that insert their genetic material into genome of the host, as part of their … Continue reading Syncytin: The Muscle behind Endogenous Retroviruses
This instalment of Women in Science features a scientist that I encountered regularly during my degree in Biology. A pioneer in the field of cytogenetics, Barbara McClintock worked on studying the maize genome, and how genetic traits are regulated and inherited. Awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine in 1983, for the … Continue reading Women in Science: Barbara McClintock
Very excited to be back in Oxford to begin my MSc in Integrated Immunology. Looking forward to the next year here, and hopefully will learn about lots of interesting things to put on this blog!
Gene therapy - a phrase with big impact, and significant current relevance. It is used to treat genetic diseases by replacing or modifying the faulty genes that cause them, and, if successfully harnessed, could provide a powerful method of treatment against currently incurable illnesses. In this review I will outline the results of a recent paper by Agustin-Pavon et … Continue reading Gene therapy – a global uprising
**New series!** I have recently started a committee position at OxFEST (Oxford Females in Engineering, Science, and Technology), and this has inspired me to start a new blog series on women in science. First up- a scientist linked closely to my education, as we both attended Somerville college at Oxford. Somerville was founded as one of the first … Continue reading Women in Science: Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin
Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a disease that affects 500,000 people in the UK. Currently, there is no definitive list of symptoms and no tests available for diagnosis - in fact, there is much debate over its cause, treatment, and even existence. Possible causes of CFS have ranged from viruses to parasites, genetic traits to environmental influences, … Continue reading CFS and C. elegans – advances in the understanding of chronic fatigue syndrome
Thought I'd do one final post on my time at the Libearty bear sanctuary in Romania, before getting back to blogging about biology. Here are a few photos that I took: I'd wholly recommend volunteering here- it's a wonderful experience being able to work with the bears and help with their recovery and rehabilitation. … Continue reading The Bear Necessities, part II