Kate Morling Summer Vacation Student
I am a Biochemistry student at the University of Bristol, due to start my fourth year in September on the MSci Biochemistry course. In the summer of 2018, I undertook a unique project in Binyam’s lab, sponsored by the University of Bristol, relating to characterising the actin cytoskeleton in mouse oocytes during meiosis, in particular, the function of actin in chromosome organisation and segregation. I returned to the lab this summer, this time funded by a vacation scholarship from the Society for Reproduction and Fertility, to gain more first hand research experience in both common and complex lab techniques ranging from dissection of mouse ovaries to microinjection and high resolution immunofluorescence and live microscopy. I feel passionate about contributing to the understanding and potential prevention of birth disorders arising from aneuploidy and incorrect chromosome segregation.