Work experience / Metabolism and brain development

Work experience project

Part of the Crick's work experience programme. Learn more about work experience.

A science-based work experience placement which runs from 14 February to 18 February 2022.

Deadline for applications has passed.

Key information

Placement reference
Applications closed
13 January 2022, 00:00
Placement start date
14 February 2022
Placement end date
18 February 2022
Placement age range (at the start of the placement)
16-19 years
Posted 07 December 2021
Background texture taken from the lab imagery.

The environment that we develop in, as an embryo and fetus, shapes the way our adult body works and has long-term effects on our health throughout life. One of our research goals is to figure out how stressful challenges in the growth environment - such as a poor diet or low oxygen - affect the metabolism of the developing brain. This is important for understanding how best to safeguard the health of our brain from potentially damaging environmental stresses and also from diseases linked to metabolic imbalances. Most of the genes involved in metabolism are shared across the animal kingdom from humans to insects. Therefore, as well as studying cells from humans and mice, we make use of fruit flies as a genetically amenable model organism in combination with a range of genetic, cellular and microscopy techniques to learn more about human health and disease.

The successful student would ideally be interested biology and lab work

It is expected that all students accepted for a placement at the Crick are punctual, responsible, show a willingness to learn, listen to advice and act on feedback. For this placement in particular, the student should also:

  • Have a good attention to detail
  • Be proactive
  • Be a team player
  • Be inquisitive