Detecting skin cancer
What causes healthy cells to turn into cancerous ones? Jodie Bojko is researching one of the most common skin cancers to enable early disease detection.
“The research will provide valuable information in the field of cancer research and regenerative medicine,” she explains. “Improving early detection and therapeutic techniques will ultimately help to save lives and is at the core of my motivations.”
Jodie’s PhD is supported by alumnus Raoul Hughes and his wife Catherine.
Finding strength in autism
Autism is linked to different ways of thinking, which can be incredibly valuable to employers and to society as a whole. Psychology PhD student Emily Taylor is working to uncover autistic strengths and the processes that underpin these abilities, thanks to a studentship from alumnus Roger Whorrod OBE and his wife Sue.
Emily’s work has since attracted further support, including a public engagement grant from GrantCraft and a Santander Postgraduate Mobility Award to support training overseas.
Improving prosthetic limbs
Three million people worldwide are amputees living with the challenge of only one or no working hand. Leen Jabban is developing a prosthesis that allows for easier control and a greater sense of embodiment, without the need for surgical implants.
“I want to help create turning points that empower patients and enhance people’s lives,” she says. “The funding makes it all possible.”
Leen’s PhD is supported by Eur Ing Dr Brian Nicholson QC, the Esther Parkin Trust and Tony Best.