I am an optical biology PhD student at UCL and I graduated from Durham University with an MBiol in biological sciences in 2020.
I have been taken away by the field of developmental biology which aims to understand how complex organisms form from a single cell. This non-trivial task requires a set of ‘instructions’ which are encoded by the genes within our cells. Parts of these instructions are then read in the right place at the right time to translate into cellular behaviours to build an organism. Beyond considering genes, the mechanical properties of cells and their extracellular environment are essential parts of the system to determine overall developmental form. Therefore, I find it interesting to think about how mechanical properties impact developmental processes such as morphogenesis and cell fate determination. Ultimately, developmental biology poses fundamental questions about life and allows me to dig deeper into understanding biology.
I was attracted to developmental biology due to its multidisciplinary nature, from understanding genetic interactions, cell communication, and how cells create form. Because cells are an agent of form and they are the basis of our tissues, I am keen to explore aspects of cell biology. Subsequently, to probe biological mechanisms on a cellular scale, I have become fascinated by the potential of using light to understand biology. This includes the use of optical tools to probe exciting questions and the use of microscopes to visualise biological phenomena.
Aside from science, I enjoy sports (powerlifting, running, circuits), listening to music, and reading novels from time to time. These themes will come across in my blog through the music and quotes tabs. I am certainly no expert in topics that I might write about but if it takes an expert to write a blog, they would be far too sparse. I hope to explore aspects of the world you may not have considered and probably leave you with more questions than answers….