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NICK BURTON

Interview with a Fellow: Epigenetics from Pea Aphids to People

Dr Nick Burton is a Research Fellow at Pembroke College working in the field of Genetics/Molecular Biology. Dr Burton researches the impact of a mother's environment on the development of her offspring. In pea aphids for example, environmental stresses can cause the mother to 'program' her offspring to have wings, or not have wings. He refers to this as 'maternal bet-hedging', because the idea is that the developmental changes make the…

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Patrick

International adventures

Following Thursday’s post on Peter’s round-the-world cycle tour, two more Pembroke students speak about their recent adventures abroad. Patrick Kirkham (2011) did a CCRC Asia internship in China over the summer:…

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Staff views of freshers’ week

The boxes have been unpacked, freshers' flu has arrived and lectures have begun: freshers' week is well and truly over. Inspired by The Guardian, we asked two of our staff members to give us their view of one of the busiest weeks in the College's calendar. Jan Brighting, Nurse I love the first few weeks of term. It's surprisingly well organised and managed by staff and students. For me it’s an opportunity to meet every new student, reassure them that we are all here to support them and I get to walk miles in the line of duty, running to and from my surgery to Trumpington Street Medical Practice. My…

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Cry ‘Havoc!’

How do you mount a production of Julius Caesar with only one week to rehearse? We go behind the scenes of the 2014 Pembroke Freshers’ Play. This year’s Pembroke Freshers’…

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The house that Izhan & Roberta built

There probably aren’t many students that spend their holidays building flat-pack houses in deprived Brazilian favelas. Yet that’s just what Izhan Khan (Engineering, 2012) and Roberta Wilkinson (Natural Sciences, 2013)…

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So what is matriculation?

Matriculation is one of those funny Cambridge words. Put simply, it means that new students officially join the University roll when they register at their college. The formal ceremony involves signing…

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