Molecular Glycobiology Group Institute of Integrative Biology University of Liverpool Crown Street Liverpool L69 7ZB
Professor Jerry Turnbull and Dr Addolorata Pisconti
I graduated from the University of Bristol in 2012 with a MChem in Chemistry. The Glycochemistry project within this course sparked my interest in pursuing a PhD within the field. I started an MRes at the University of Liverpool in 2012 developing tools to study the role of heparinoid compounds in muscle regeneration. I have since completed my MRes in October 2013 and have enrolled onto a PhD studentship in the University of Liverpool (Institute of Integrative Biology). This PhD will involve exploring the heparan sulfate glycome in muscle regeneration.
Project title: Exploring the Heparan Sulfate Glycome in Muscle Regeneration
My project involves using tools to explore the role of heparan sulphate proteoglycans in different aspects of muscle regeneration. I am interested in establishing heparinoid compounds that will improve muscle regeneration and in particular improving muscle regeneration of dystrophic muscle.
Where did I get my PIPs
PIPS Internship Organisation Name
University of Liverpool
When deciding on your internship, what did you want to experience and what did you hope to gain from that experience?
I hoped to gain an insight into the commercialisation of science and learn more about the business side of things. As I am not intending on staying in academia I was hoping to gain experience and help me decide what career I would like to pursue in the future. The placement has made me interested in pursuing a career in the commercialisation of science and has got me thinking about the important relationships between academia and industry.
Did you get the experience you were expecting and did you achieve the personal development you had hoped to make?
I did. I had a great mentor who really tailored the work around what I thought would be useful. She allowed me to lead some of the work myself which was great for my self confidence. I was given an insight to the process of starting up a biotech company, the investment side of a business and market research. All things I would not have done had I not done the placement.
Did you discover anything about yourself or make any achievements that you were not expecting?
I learnt I would be capable of holding up a job outside of academia.
Has the internship made you feel differently about potential career options and has it helped to put the skills from research into a broader context?
Yes. I think now I would definitely be interested in leaving academia and searching towards the commercialisation of science. It has also made me think a lot more about the important relationship between academia and industry and the importance of having a multi disciplinary outlook.