This week’s Throwback Thursday is a must read for any budding scientists. Former student Alix Warburton now has the rather impressive title of Postdoctoral Visiting Fellow at the National Institutes of Health in Maryland, USA.
Alix, who attended Byrchall High School, studied Biology, Chemistry, Psychology and English Language and Literature at college between 2004 and 2006. Fond memories of her time at Winstanley include the ‘fantastic Science programme’ which set her of on the path to where she is now. Alix took opportunities to attend master classes relevant to Biomedical Sciences through The National Academy for Gifted and Talented Youth (NAGTY) and also found out about the Lattitude Global Volunteering, formerly GAP Activity Projects, which took her on a gap year to North East India teaching English, Science and Humanities to primary and secondary school children.
Following her Gap Year, Alix began her Higher Education studies at the University of Liverpool studying for a BSc (Hons) in Human Anatomy & Cell Biology. After graduating she stayed at Liverpool and went on to complete an MRes in Biomedical Sciences and then a PhD in Molecular & Clinical Pharmacology. Once qualified, Alix set off on an exciting international career journey which has taken her to where she is today.
Alix says: ‘From an early point in my academic career I have been highly driven by Biomedical Research. During the second year of my undergraduate degree, I was awarded a BBSRC Summer Studentship, in which I exploited genome-wide RNA-interference screens in a Drosophila melanogaster model of border cell migration to identify genes involved in invasive cell metastasis.
This invaluable experience, in addition to my undergraduate dissertation project on stem cell research, reinforced my decision to pursue a PhD in Biomedical Sciences. My PhD project explored the role of the transcription factor NRSF/REST in the regulation of disease processes.
After graduating from my PhD, I decided to travel abroad for my first postdoctoral research position. I am currently a Postdoctoral Visiting Fellow at the National Institutes of Health, Maryland, USA. My current research focuses on the role and mechanism of human papillomavirus (HPV) integration in oncogenic progression of HPV-associated cancers.
I love scientific research and I get to read about it, write about it, think about it, talk about it, teach it and perform it all day every day. I attend international scientific conferences where I present and discuss my data with experts in the scientific community. During my PhD, I was part of a Research Exchange Program at the Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU), Suzhou, China, where I supervised and conducted a 3 month lab project, and trained a first year PhD student in techniques relevant to Cellular and Molecular Biology.’
Thanks for getting in touch Alix; we’re delighted you’re doing so well.