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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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Richard Beard

Fact meets fiction

‘I have incredibly clear memories of my time at Pembroke,’ says the author Richard Beard (1985). His recollections of these real events regularly blur into imagined stories. ‘My memories of…

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Introducing Kit Smart

This new blog is named in honour of our former College cat, Kit Smart. We hope that it will give you a view of College much like the one enjoyed by our cats; it aims to indulge your curiosity by allowing you to slink around corners, slip through half-open doors, hide under desks and gain a ‘cat’s eye view’ of daily life at Pembroke. It will attempt to combine both anonymity and a range of personal reflections. It will cover both the world-changing research of our members and the quirky, entertaining anecdotes that unfold day by day. It will include interviews with the people who make up the Pembroke community:…

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News From The Front

Your average graduate student probably spends most of their waking hours in the department, the library and the College bar. Not so for Pembroke PhD student Renad Mansour, who regularly…

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Pillow Talk

Bedders are a Cambridge institution. They have been part of College life for centuries, but their role has changed dramatically over the years. So what do bedders actually do nowadays?…

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