Hi! I'm Bryony, I am a third-year undergraduate, studying Natural Sciences (Plant Science) at Newnham College, University of Cambridge.
I recently participated in the John Innes Centre International Undergraduate Summer School, where I worked in the Caroline Dean and Martin Howard lab, helping to investigate the basis of natural variation in vernalization across different Arabidopsis accessions.
For my final year project, I am working in the Sainsbury Laboratory, Cambridge University, in the Ottoline Leyser lab, investigating the behaviour of PIN auxin transporters in the context of shoot branching.
Outside of the lab, I am actively involved in science communication because I am enthusiastic about helping members of the public become more informed about, and excited by, science. I feel this is particularly important for me as a plant scientist, given the undeserving neglect of plants by many schools and popular science outlets. I firmly believe that better public understanding of plant science must accompany the deployment of new advances in plant science that are required to feed our growing population. I am also very fond of another under-appreciated group of organisms - bats! I lead bat walks and punting trips, aiming to educate members of the public about these fascinating, important and often misunderstood species.
One of the ways I love to do communicate science is through my work with Cambridge Hands-On Science, a student-run society that takes fun science experiments into schools and public events around the UK. I'm also Biology Editor for BlueSci, Cambridge University Student Science Magazine.
After I graduate, I plan to pursue a PhD and from there a career in research, all the while remaining as active as I can in science communication and outreach.
I am delighted to have been selected to participate in the 2018-19 ASPB Conviron Scholars Programme and will endeavour to make the most of this fantastic opportunity
Research Areas: Development, Genetics, Gene Regulation, Cell Biology
- Demonstrator with Cambridge Hands On Science (a University Science Education and Outreach Society)
- Biological Sciences Editor for BlueSci (Cambridge University’s student science magazine)
- Bat Punt Safari Guide and Conservation Volunteer with the Wildlife Trust for Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire
- Secretary of Cambridge University Nature Society