Molecular Biology

Interesting to look back on this interview I gave during my undergraduate offering perspectives on why I chose to study molecular biology and the course offered at the University of Manchester. Nice to see that I’ve been able to keep the same passion and am achieving some of the goals I set out for myself.

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When did you first you realise that you wanted to specialise in Molecular Biology?

Probably in the final year of my Genetics Degree. This was over 30 years ago and we had a new lecturer who taught us about regulation of gene expression. I guess he was the first molecular biologist I had come across and I found the subject fascinating.

What inspired you to go down this path?

After graduating I worked as a technician. My first project was on transposition in bacteria, my second on canine adenovirus-so both projects had a Molecular Biology base. I had applied for these positions simply because I thought they were interesting.

What is your area of research focus?

My research is on noncoding RNA.  My postdoc in the USA was all to do with the molecular basis of the circadian biological clock. One of the genes encoding a central…

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