STEM success for Parrs Wood Sixth Form by Ms E Bryson

Posted on November 23, 2017 at 9:15 AM

We are so very proud of Mary Rajaswaren, David Todd and Eilidh Shaw for gaining a placement with the prestigious Nuffield Research Project this Summer and completing it successfully! They also presented their research outcomes at Manchester University to be awarded the Gold CREST (Creativity in Research, Engineering, Science and Technology) Award, recognising their independent research skills at a degree-level.

Mary focussed on investigating the role of CYP26 proteins and retinoic acids in causing craniofacial abnormalities using a phylogenetic approach. 'The project provided me with an insight into the day-to-day life of a researcher and practising it first hand'. She used techniques and gained experience in labwork, including extracting RNA, protein modelling and using bioinformatics tools that are beyond our A level specification but give valuable preparation for higher educational study.

David's project was around using metabolomics to de-bug a synthetic biology pathway. His independent work contributed to actual university-wide research investigating pinocembrin in E-coli through gene-induction. His research mainly focused on analytical and quantitative chemistry, molecular biology, microbiology and biochemistry (with some statistical analysis thrown in!). 'The experience cemented my aims of going into research, ensuring I'm on the right path'.

Eilidh's placement was within the Psychology department of Manchester University, working with PhD students and supporting their research into children's comprehension of complex sentences and language development. 'The project provided me with an insight into how psychological methodologies are used in the day-to-day life of a researcher'.

A fantastic experience that will benefit not only their personal development and their A level study this year, but their peers and their UCAS application and interviews. Well done!

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