Division of Infection & Immunity
Research is at the heart of our teaching
jewel in the crown of our iBSc/BSc programme, Immunology, Infection and Cell
Pathology, is the student research project which sees our students embedded
in labs within the Division from November to April.
Three of our current students talked to Dr Richard Milne, Lecturer in Virology, about their experiences so far: Maddy and Liora are medical students taking the iBSc and Liane is an Affiliate BSc student.
Maddy – “It’s a unique chance to unite laboratory-based work with teaching from the front line of current research. The teaching has been brilliant and has complemented very well what I have been doing in the laboratory.”
Liora – “The lectures have focused on tying together core science with cutting-edge research and this approach is very engaging.”
Liane – “The best thing about the course is
the close link to research… The interaction with researchers has been very inspirational.”
your research project:
Liora – “I’m working on Common Variable Immunodeficiency, looking at the consequences of the deficiency of a protein called LRBA and the impact on disease pathogenesis. I think the project will definitely serve as a valuable experience providing a real insight into the links between laboratory research and clinical medicine. It has been fascinating to see how clinical questions are taken and translated into research questions…”
Liane – “The aim of my project is to characterize the role of Src kinases in cytomegalovirus reactivation. I enjoy having my own project and actually being able to do hypothesis-driven research to address an original scientific question.”
Maddy – “I’m looking at the influence of the cell trafficking protein retromer on the assembly of HIV. The project, although a lot of work, has been very rewarding: in four months I have learnt to carry out all my experiments independently. The independence and freedom that we are given, to make our own decisions and decide the direction in which we want to take our research, has been extremely valuable and is an opportunity that no other BSc programme offers in quite the same way.”
Liora is working with Dr Siobhan Burns (Profile) and Liane is working with Dr Matt Reeves (Profile), both based in the new Institute of Immunology and Transplantation (link) at the Royal Free Campus. Maddy is working with Dr Clare Jolly (Profile) in the Centre for Virology at the Bloomsbury Campus.
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