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18th Nihon Affiliated High Schools Easter Programme

Earlier this month we had the pleasure of hosting the 18th Nihon Affiliated High Schools Easter Programme at Pembroke College. This year’s programme welcomed 72 students from Japanese high schools affiliated with Nihon University and 4 accompanying staff members. As part of the programme, students have taken part in a range of academic and cultural experiences, attending daily English language lessons and activities organised by our programme assistants (PAs). From…

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First and Phoremost: An Interview with Professor Ashok Venkitaraman

Professor Venkitaraman is Director of the MRC Cancer Unit in Cambridge and a Fellow of Pembroke. Since 1998, he has been Ursula Zoellner Professor of Cancer Research at Cambridge University. His work provided the basis for a new spin-out company, PhoreMost, which aims to develop drugs that target molecules previously thought to be ‘undruggable’, and provide new treatments for diseases such as cancer. Could you tell us a bit about your career path and what has motivated you along the way? I trained at the Christian Medical College in Vellore, India. It was a rather unusual place since it exposed us not only to the science of medicine but also…

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The Graduate Parlour Presents

Last week the Graduate Parlour held a 20/20 format seminar. Each of the five participants was allotted 20 slides and 20 seconds per slide to explain their research to the…

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Performing Lost Songs

For 1,000 years the music to Boethius’s Songs of Consolation had been lost. The songs would at one point have been commonly heard in courts of the day were passed on through aural…

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Model Citizen

Matt Castle is a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Plant Sciences. His work focuses on using mathematical modelling to predict the spread of plant diseases and present possible…

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