A busy summer of research for Physiology and Pharmacology undergraduates

Posted by mjs76 at Jun 17, 2011 11:24 AM |
Five students in our Department of Cell Physiology and Pharmacology have been awarded prestigious studentships over the summer vacation which will give them valuable experience of research work.

Verity Talbot and Hollie Smith will receive funding from the Physiological Society, which awards a limited number of summer studentships to undergraduates each year. Verity will work with Head of Department Dr Blair Grubb investigating the molecular mechanisms of sensation while Hollie Smith will study the molecular mechanisms of cardiac protection alongside Dr Nina Storey.

The Wellcome Trust is funding Kashif Qamar’s summer work, researching the molecular mechanism of wound healing and scarring with Dr Christine Pullar. In addition, the Emmanuel Okeke Bursary Fund (named after a former Leicester student) provides a summer studentship for one current undergraduate and this year it has been awarded to Novprett Rainer who will work with Dr Catherine Vial.

Every year there are more applicants than available places. So, alongside the above, the Department has decided to fund a fifth summer studentship in 2011. In light of her excellent academic record, Katherine Morris will be funded to work with Dr Noel Davies studying the proteins in blood vessels which regulate blood pressure.

Each studentship covers living costs for six weeks but their real value lies in the experience which the undergraduates will receive, the impressive addition to their CVs – and the contribution which their fresh ideas will make to physiological and pharmalogical research at the University of Leicester.

One of the University of Leicester’s key values is a synergy between teaching and research, and this is perfectly demonstrated by these awards.