Back again!

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!      


Women in science: Francoise Barre-Sinoussi

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

Women in Science: Rosalind Franklin

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

Syncytin: The Muscle behind Endogenous Retroviruses

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

Back in Oxford!

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 global uprising

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

Women in Science: Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin

**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

CFS and C. elegans – advances in the understanding of chronic fatigue syndrome

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