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Institute of Genetics and Cancer

Institute of Genetics and Cancer

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Category: Life at the IGC

Foundation Apprenticeships are a work-based learning opportunity, for senior phase secondary school pupils. It helps us build our skills for work and gives us a recognized qualification without a final exam at the end. Lasting 1 to 2 years, we began our foundation apprenticeship in S5 or S6. The pupils who opt in to do […]

Professor Lesley Stark

By Cherry Ferrier Communications Manager, Institute of Genetics and Cancer   I recently spoke with the Institute’s Director of Teaching and Learning, Professor Lesley Stark (above), to reflect upon the first year of a new part-time online MSc programme in cancer biology and precision oncology at the University of Edinburgh. Lesley’s passion for the programme […]

As a PhD student on the MRC HGU rotation programme I’ve had the opportunity to work in the Zebrafish Facility during one of my rotations. I was very warmly welcomed into the facility and the whole team were always happy to answer questions and provide support. Their enthusiasm was infectious and I found myself really […]

Team member of the Bioinformatics Analysis Core   Science is unpredictable, but you have to ask clear and sensible biological questions before doing the analysis, rather than producing big data for the sake of it. – Suggested by Dr. Philippe Gautier (Gogo) to young researchers in the MRC Human Genetics Unit, and those who plan […]

Separating green from red, and dead from live, she works miracles with our low in number, debris-filled, clumpy cell samples. She brings light and energy to a darker and windowless basement space and is a friendly face when failed experiments get us down. We all know that our flow cytometry facility wouldn’t run the same […]

As it is #FishInResearch week, I present a day in the life of a fish in research. Wild type shoal hanging out in their tank.   9AM sharp the sun bursts into life, almost as if it’s on a digital timer. Thousands of zebrafish are bright eyed for the sudden start. The fact that they […]

It’s late August and the last of the summer sun is peeping in from behind the window as I speak with Alison Meynert, the Manager of the Bioinformatics Analysis Core (BAC) Facility. It provides advice, training, the provision of computational tools and collaborative expertise to all Institute of Genetics and Cancer researchers. The facility provides […]

Back in March, I wrote an article for an online DNA magazine to help push the message that VIKING II, the fastest growing Viking genetics study in the UK, was looking for volunteers.  It was a call to arms by study leader, Professor Jim Flett Wilson of Edinburgh University. Little did I know, six months […]


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