"I worked with Dr J. Viles for my final year project, examining Cu2+ binding and structural properties of fragments/mutants of the Amyloid-beta, a protein linked to Alzheimer’s disease. I learnt to use the spectroscopic technique of Circular Dichroism (CD) and to interpret CD spectra. Data that I obtained whilst doing my project is now published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry. The project was very interesting, and inspired me to go on to do a PhD."
- Rebecca Nadal (BSc, 2002)
Above is an example of one of the CD spectra I obtained during my project, investigating metal interactions with the Amyloid-beta peptide of Alzheimer's Disease.
"During my 3rd year project, I learnt how to operate CD, Fluoresecence and UV-Vis spectrometers and got lots of interesting results, that I was able to publish in a paper! I'm now doing a PhD in Dr. Viles' lab"
- Mark Klewpatinond (BSc, 2004)
Above is an example of one of the CD spectra I obtained during my project, investigating metal interactions with the Prion protein.
The 3rd year project (equivalent to 2 course units) is probably your first taste of research and adds meaning to your degree. This is the time when you discover if you want to do research in future and enables you to gain various skills and techniques.
What is required?
25 full days in the lab (2 days a week during Semester A)
15 min. talk at Project Symposium (Semester B Week 7)
Project Report in Week 12 (10,000 words, or 25 pages of double spaced text, excluding diagrams)
How do you make your choice?
1) What skills do you want to learn?
Research in My Lab
Staff: Post-doctral workers and PhD students
Two main research themes
Structural Biology of the Prion Protein.
What area of Biochemistry will you become familiar with?
Protein Structure and function
Protein Bio-inorganic chemistry
Specific Skills and Knowledge you will Acquire:
Process of research