Drug development for cancer and assisting crime scene investigations are just two research areas being showcased at the University of Lincoln’s School of Life Sciences and School of Chemistry’s undergraduate poster conference.
Throughout 30th April and 1st May, 2015, hundreds of third year students are presenting their findings to academics and industry professionals.
Cameron Burns, a Biomedical Science student from the School of Life Sciences, focussed on the area of anti-biotic resistant infection. He investigated how using a novel antimicrobial target could potentially attack infection from a different perspective.
He said: “It’s research all the way for me from now on – I want to go on to do a Masters and a PhD. Taking part in the poster conference has been really useful in improving my presentation skills and has provided a solid background for how I need to be able to communicate research to people as I continue in my career.”
Fellow Biomedical Science undergraduate Beverley Mpofu, analysed health information on social media surrounding the recent outbreak of the Ebola virus.
Beverley said: “I was interested to find out how people talk about and disseminate health information on Twitter; and how we can avoid miscommunication and mass hysteria. Presenting my poster has really helped me to explain my research and I have had some really useful discussions with people.”
Cameron Garbutt, a Forensic Science student from the School of Chemistry, investigated cannabinoids potential to be used as chemotherapeutics in the treatment of cancer.
He explained: “A lot of research needs to be done into drugs that specifically target the mitochondria of cancer cells and induce the cells to die. I looked at two cannabinoid drugs – O-2545 Hydrochloride and N-arachidonoyl-dopamine (NADA). Cannabinoids are useful due to their inhibition of mitochondria and cellular function. I found that NADA inhibited mitochondria to a dramatic degree. Further research would involve growing cancer cells to see if NADA would eliminate them on a cellular level.”
Other research topics presented on the first day of the conference included how animals select habitat; the effect of age on cardiovascular disease and Type 2 diabetes; analysing branded nail polishes to assist crime scene investigations; and associative learning and long-term memory in the garden snail.
Organiser Dr Nicola Crewe, from the School of Life Sciences, said: “Many of these posters would not be out of place at an international conference and I would be happy to place them alongside PhD-level research. This is a great learning experience for the students, allowing them to practise their communication skills on a wide ranging audience. It is the culmination of years of study as an undergraduate student and a springboard into life as a graduate scientist. This is how scientists showcase their work and I am looking forward to seeing this event expand into a College of Science showcase, in order to give a platform to all Schools in STEM subjects.”
Also attending the event were representatives from The Society of Biology; The Society for General Microbiology; Lab Support – a division of On Assignment, which is an international leader in placing scientific, engineering, and preclinical professionals in contract, contract-to-hire, and direct hire opportunities; and Applikon Biotechnology – a world leader in developing and supplying advanced bioreactor systems from laboratory scale to production scale.
The conference is taking place in the Engine Shed on the University’s Brayford Campus, with the second day running from 10am to 5pm on Friday, 1st May. All are welcome.