Deciding the right career path after graduation is challenging. On May 27, fourteen final year Bioscience students from the University Campus Suffolk (UCS), visited the centre and found out what a career in neuroscience research is really like.
Dr Robert Hinges welcomed the students and gave a brief overview of the research being done in the centre, including the different techniques and model systems used by the researchers. Afterwards, the students had the opportunity to visit several of the laboratories, during which time they were able to observe ongoing experiments and speak to researchers about their work. Several of the students mentioned they are considering doing a Masters degree and then pursuing a career in scientific research.
"Certainly a worthwhile and interesting visit, seeing the exciting research taking place and the great lab environment confirmed my desire to go into a research career"
Jake commented "To see neuronal cells migrating across a developing cerebellum is a beautiful thing, but to quickly pick up how such a process is organised down to the genetic level gives an appreciation for the work being carried out at King's."
"It was really interesting and helpful in applying what we had learnt in developmental biology, seeing it come alive literally. Very nice helpful staff, useful advice, for example public engagement. Look forward to seeing the PhD opportunities available later in the year,” said Alice.
The visit ended with a question and answer session with Dr Richard Wingate, about postgraduate life and opportunities at King’s, as well as advice on public engagement initiatives.
"This is the second year we have visited the MRC CDN as part of the Developmental Biology module that I teach final year students. The students have really enjoyed these visits and found them both exciting and informative. They especially appreciated seeing an application of the knowledge that they have gained during the module. I hope that these visits will continue to be an annual event for many years to come. Hopefully this will lead to many other collaborations between the MRC CDN and the Department of Science and Technology, UCS"
Dr Aida Rajic, lecturer in bioscience at UCS, and former PhD student of the centre