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About the placement/internship

Why did you decide to do a placement/internship?

Integrated into my BBSRC PhD funding is an opportunity to conduct a three month work placement outside my current field of research. I chose CIDR as its one of the worlds largest infectious disease research institutes and is world renowned for its advances in systems biology, a technique used to model bacterial responses based on omics databases.

How did you find your placement/internship?

Speculative application

Application process

To arrange the project, I first reached out to connections of my supervisor and other academic members of staff asking if they or anyone in their department would be interested in arranging a work placement. After conducting some research into Sheffield alumni, I noticed several alumni worked within Seattles pharmaceutical industry which led me to reach out to other academics in this thriving research area.

Main responsibilities

After familiarising myself with processing large data series using Linux and R coding software platforms I was tasked with analysing transcription factor gene expression profile changes following treatment with first line TB drugs. The focus of my research in Seattle was to carry out initial experiments to test generated hypothesis to determine the role TBs regulatory network plays in responding to first line drugs.

Typical day

A typical working day would be 9-5pm, usually processing databases using R in the morning followed by analysis and experimental design in the afternoon. Weekly seminars were held in the institute for systems biology gave me a chance to see the scope of research carried out in the area and gave an update of the current advances in the field.

What did I enjoy about my placement/internship?

My favourite aspect of the project was defiantly working in the heart a city with so many world leading research institutes within walking distance, being able to meet and listen to leading academics on a weekly basis gave me a real drive to better my research.

Advice to students

My piece of advice to students

Think big and don't lose faith! Emailing can be tedious but it only takes one to the right contact to get the ball rolling.

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Form completed: 03 Oct 2018

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