Claire Hill

PhD Student at the Doctoral Training Centre

Background

I am a 3rd year DPhil student at the University of Oxford, studying Interdisciplinary Bioscience. I am a member of the Oxford University Doctoral Training Centre which is funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).

Research

My PhD project is a collaborative project between the labs of Dr. Alberto Baena Lopez (Sir William Dunn School of Pathology) and Prof. Dave Carter (Oxford Brookes University). This project aims to generate a new biological model of extracellular vesicle (EV) for studying the transfer of these EVs between cells. As part of the project I will develop a new approach in which EV transfer can be monitored in Drosophila melanogaster.

I completed my undergraduate MSci Biochemistry degree at Queen's University Belfast with First Class Honours. During my Masters research project I investigated the role of micro (mi)RNAs in the growth, development and survival of a globally important parasite that undermines human health and impacts global agriculture.

Interests

I am currently developing a series of podcasts called Science in Ten. I take a new topic each month - summarise the science, outline the debates and excite you about the future.

Episodes:

December 2018 – Gut Feeling - Are our gut microbes more in control of us than we think?

January 2019 – New Year, New Me - Are some people taking the New Year, New Me thing a little too far these days?

February 2019 – The Dreaded Flu - Can scientists collaborate to develop a new way to combat viral invaders?

As part of my PhD, the BBSRC fund a three month internship. I have been completing my internship with Northern Ireland Science Festival. I have been helping to design the 2019 programe of events, as well as developing hands-on kids activity and a panel disucssion related to my PhD research.

Contributing writer to Phenotype Magazine, Oxford.

Articles:

"The mystery of planarian regeneration" (Issue 26, Hilary Term 2017)

"The biochemistry of Fragile X Syndrome (FXS)" (Issue 28, Michaelmas Term 2017)

In my free time I like writing, recording and performing music. Check out my music website here.

Conferences

Speaker at Oxosome - Oxford - November 2018.

My presentation was entitled 'Developing novel in vivo tools to study extracellular vesicles.'

Speaker at the British Society of Parasitology Spring Meeting - London - April 2016

My presentation was entitled 'Probing the role of miRNAs in the growth and development of the liver fluke, Fasciola hepatica.'

Awards

Tim Bramley Prize in Biochemistry - July 2016

Academic Scholarship in the School of Biological Sciences (Queen's University Belfast) awarded to the highest scoring Biochemistry student. The prize was established in 1989 in memory of Tim Bramley, a final year student in Biochemistry.

Work Experience

I completed a year long work placement at Randox Laboratories, Crumlin, Northern Ireland. This was a research and developement role through which I developed laboratory skills and gained business insight.

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