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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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Dreaming Big

Dr Hannah Mumby recently joined Pembroke as a Junior Research Fellow. She previously studied at King’s College, Cambridge, and at the University of Sheffield and in Myanmar for her PhD on ecology, demography and stress of Asian elephants. Her research now focuses on African elephants. When did you first decide that you wanted to study elephants? I took a circuitous route because my dream was really to be either David Attenborough or Indiana Jones. My original interest was in what it means to be human, so I studied anthropology as an undergraduate. I wanted to work with something I could quantify, so I went into biological anthropology, studying humans with…

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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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Enterprising Science

Three Pembroke scientists have had their work noted in the Cambridge Enterprise Annual Review for 2015. Cambridge Enterprise, the commercialisation arm of the University, assists students and academics in starting…

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Being a Gates scholar

Stephanie Gabriela Lopez (2014) spent the last year at Pembroke as a Gates Scholar. Stephanie’s family are from El Salvador, although they fled to America in the late 1980s during…

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