I’m a sixth-form student studying three sciences and maths for my A-levels (tough but fun, I promise!).
On the 9th of August I am going to start five days of work experience at Dr. Jennifer Rohn’s lab in UCL. I’m really excited since I’ve never worked in a proper laboratory before; I’m interested to find out what sort of experiments take place, and see how the kind of lab experiments you see on TV compare with the reality.
I’m really looking forward to meeting all the scientists who work there, I’m hoping they’ll be fun and interesting to talk to, and that perhaps one or two will let me interview them for my extended project so that I could collect some different opinions on my project topic, which is future treatments for cancer.
I’m really glad that I have this opportunity to work in a lab, not only because it is good experience but also because I’d be working with a woman scientist, which is what I hope to be! And it’s inspiring to see what I can aspire to and what I might hope to achieve some day.
I hope that across the five days I’ll gain not just general experience in working in a laboratory but also some insight into what steps you have to take and what sorts of qualities you need to have in order to get a paper published or to get things done. And of course find out just how long you spend waiting for results to come in.
Ever since I was little I’ve always wanted to do science and now I know it really is the best thing to go into, so many opportunities are opened up to you. I really enjoy studying science, particularly biochemistry, and I’m hoping to do doing a course in Medical Engineering at university. I know that Dr. Rohn’s lab is more Cell Biology than engineering, but I know I will be able to gain a lot of experience and knowledge from working with her and her colleagues.