Alex Alexandrova

Meet Dr. Alex Alexandrova, a researcher who brings accelerator science to the industry!

Dr Alex Alexandrova was a Marie Sklodowska Curie Fellow within the Department of Physics at Liverpool University between 2012 and 2015, and she belonged to the LA3NET (Lasers for Applications at Accelerator facilities) training network. She has recently co-founded technology company D-Beam with Head of Liverpool University Physics Department Carsten Welsch. Her goal is to develop better tools to measure particle beams in accelerators, with applications in research, industry and the medical field.

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Meet Jacinta Yap, a particle accelerator scientist working on proton beam therapy!

Jacinta Yap is a Marie Sklodowska Curie Fellow in the QUASAR group of the University of Liverpool, headed by Professor Carsten Welsch, and is based at the Cockcroft Institute, UK. She is also part of the Optimising Medical Accelerator (OMA) training network. She uses her expertise in accelerator science to maximize the healthcare benefits from proton beam therapy, a new type of cancer treatment that is more efficient than current radiotherapy techniques.

Viki Male

Meet Dr. Viki Male, an immunologist working out what NK cells do in the liver!

Viki started her scientific career as a PhD student at the University of Cambridge, where she worked on the development of NK cells in the human uterus before moving to Imperial College London to find out how NK cells develop in mouse bone marrow. After spending a year at home with her baby son, she moved to UCL to start her own research group, which focuses on the development and function of NK cells in the liver. She has recently returned from maternity leave with her second child.

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Alex Alexandrova

Meet Dr. Alex Alexandrova, a researcher who brings accelerator science to the industry!

Dr Alex Alexandrova was a Marie Sklodowska Curie Fellow within the Department of Physics at Liverpool University between 2012 and 2015, and she belonged to the LA3NET (Lasers for Applications at Accelerator facilities) training network. She has recently co-founded technology company D-Beam with Head of Liverpool University Physics Department Carsten Welsch. Her goal is to develop better tools to measure particle beams in accelerators, with applications in research, industry and the medical field.

In my office

Meet Jacinta Yap, a particle accelerator scientist working on proton beam therapy!

Jacinta Yap is a Marie Sklodowska Curie Fellow in the QUASAR group of the University of Liverpool, headed by Professor Carsten Welsch, and is based at the Cockcroft Institute, UK. She is also part of the Optimising Medical Accelerator (OMA) training network. She uses her expertise in accelerator science to maximize the healthcare benefits from proton beam therapy, a new type of cancer treatment that is more efficient than current radiotherapy techniques.

Viki Male

Meet Dr. Viki Male, an immunologist working out what NK cells do in the liver!

Viki started her scientific career as a PhD student at the University of Cambridge, where she worked on the development of NK cells in the human uterus before moving to Imperial College London to find out how NK cells develop in mouse bone marrow. After spending a year at home with her baby son, she moved to UCL to start her own research group, which focuses on the development and function of NK cells in the liver. She has recently returned from maternity leave with her second child.

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How do seals regulate their fat stores?

Being too fat is bad for humans. But for seals, being fat is essential. They use blubber to stay warm in the water and to supply fat to fuel their metabolism when they come ashore. There’s a lot we don’t understand about how they regulate their fat reserves. How can they be so fat and stay healthy? How do they withstand and manage the big changes they experience in fat stores throughout the year? How does their energy balance respond to rapid natural or human-induced changes in their environment?  In this Royal Society and NERC funded collaboration between Abertay University, the Sea Mammal Research Unit, and Plymouth University,  Dr Kimberley Bennett borrowed a method from biomedical science to investigate how seal fat works to start to answer these questions.

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Targeted enhancement of placental function.

Four years after Lisa´s Masters of Research in Maternal and Fetal Health at The University of Manchester, her paper “Placental Homing Peptide-microRNA Inhibitor Conjugates for Targeted Enhancement of Intrinsic Placental Growth Signaling” is finally published in Theranostics. In simple terms, it’s all about targeting the placenta in order to enhance its function by delivering therapeutic molecules to it. Here, Lisa´s going to talk about why on earth they did this research, how they did it, the results and what they mean!

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Help! I have to do a statistics course!

Whether the idea thrills you or chills you, data and its analysis are central components of all sciences. Data is the main story in any piece of research, and as such most disciplines expect you to learn how to analyse, interpret and communicate this vital information. This can come as a shock to some people, especially those entering into “social sciences.” Fear not! After seven years of tutoring and lecturing in statistics for psychology, I have analysed a sample of over 1000 new statistics students and the results are in. Here are 10 tips to give you a leg up in any mandatory statistics-for-sciences course you have to undertake.

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It’s not just in STEM: Sexism outside of work holds scientists back

Sexism in STEM is rampant; you don’t need me to tell you that. From 113 pages of sexual assault/harassment allegations (U of R, 2017) to the Google engineer memo (also 2017), there are dozens of examples each year of sexism inside STEM environments. But it isn’t just the sexism that women experience in their fields – at conferences, in the office/lab, etc. – that makes it harder for women to succeed in STEM. Misogyny and sexism outside of the workplace can also negatively impact women’s performance at work, and thus the progress of their career and their science. How do two things, seemingly happening in different spheres, overlap?

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Professional Responsibility in Research Science (and the lack thereof)!

The job of a scientist is immensely rewarding – but also technically challenging, and often riddled with administrative and institutional red tape. Learning how to navigate these challenges is critical for mastering the practice of science and advancing early career scientists (students, interns, post-docs, etc). The role of good mentors can set the stage for success. However, there is little discussion about the damage that can be wrought by a bad mentor.