Emily Jones completed her Nuffield placement in 2010 at the South West Thames Institute for Renal Research. She is about to do her Masters in Molecular Medicine at the University of East Anglia.
What was your project about?
The research project with the Nuffield Bursary scheme was entitled: 'Will excess amounts of CTGF cause down regulation of receptors and refractory responses to further challenge with CTGF?' I worked in a lab doing various experiments to answer this question.
What was the highlight of your placement?
Working as part of a team whilst still being able to do independent research. I was able to learn a lot of research and laboratory techniques. I was given the opportunity to present my findings and write up a poster.
If you could give one piece of advice to Nuffield students about to start a placement what would it be?
Come prepared with a bit of background knowledge about the topic you’re going to be conducting research in so you can hit the ground running.
What advice would you give to students interested in starting a career in STEM, and more specifically, in research?
This was a really enjoyable time and allowed me to gain lots of useful skills for my future career. Everyone was nice and friendly and it was a really interesting insight in to the world of research.