I have been nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award!

  Today is super exciting for me because I have been nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award! The award is to recognise bloggers that inspire positivity and creativity through their posts and I want to say a huge thanks to Ewen at ewensommerville.com for nominating me. Ewen is a freelance science writer and his posts… Continue reading I have been nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award!

My first RGC meeting

Last week I was super busy at the RGC/REQUITE project meetings that took place at the Manchester Cancer Research Centre and University of Manchester. These meetings are for members of the Radiogenomics Consortium (RGC) - scientists and clinicians that all share an interest in the genetics underlying radiotherapy response; and for research groups that took… Continue reading My first RGC meeting

Paper feature: the benefits of a Mediterranean diet

This month I have been on holiday to the beautiful Balearic island of Ibiza. Other than the sun, crystal clear waters and iconic nightlife, one of the things I enjoyed the most whilst being away was the food – the Mediterranean diet. And so I wanted this month’s paper feature to be one that looks… Continue reading Paper feature: the benefits of a Mediterranean diet

Book feature: “How We Live and Why We Die: The Secret Lives of Cells”

My first book review is for Lewis Wolpert’s “How We Live and Why We Die: The Secret Lives of Cells”. This is a short book (a little over 200 pages) which aims to give the ‘layperson’ a glimpse into the complex world of cell biology. The author is a biologist whose scientific career has been… Continue reading Book feature: “How We Live and Why We Die: The Secret Lives of Cells”

The benefits of hydrophobic materials

Another DNA damage experiment that I’ve been trying to get working in our lab is called the gamma-H2AX assay. And if you’ve been following my blog for a while, then you’ll know that back in late February I travelled to Oxford to learn the technique at one of the Public Health England labs. This assay… Continue reading The benefits of hydrophobic materials

Paper feature: plastic pollution in the soil

As promised, today is my first feature – a summary of an interesting science paper I’ve read. Because this week we have had World Environment Day and today is actually World Oceans Day, I wanted to talk about something I have read related to that. Nearly every news site this week has been reporting on… Continue reading Paper feature: plastic pollution in the soil