I joined the Thompson lab as a PhD student in September 2014. My PhD is a BBSRC Industrial case studentship funded by Syngenta. My project involves using Dictyostelium as a model organism for testing the developmental toxicity of various agrochemicals on mammalian species. Analyzing the effects these compounds have, using RNAseq and screening mutant libraries, will allow us to identify biological signaling pathways that are important for Dictyostelium development.
I graduated with a BSc in Biochemistry from Manchester in July 2014. During my final year project I studied degradation of mutant Collagen X protein with Professor Ray Boot-Handford as part of his lab’s research into the dwarfism disease Metaphyseal Chondrodysplasia type Schmid. I also did a Biochemical Society funded summer studentship with Professor Viki Allan in summer 2013. This project involved using live cell imaging to look at the effect the drug carbamazepine had on organelle movement.