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Cambridge Biosciences DTP PhD Programme

Natalie Wallis - PIPS abroad

As part of the BBSRC DTP programme, Natalie successfully completed her twelve-week Professional Internship for PhD Students (PIPs). Natalie made the most of the scheme by taking the opportunity to do a PIPs abroad. She conducted her internship in British Columbia, Canada.

PIPs must be in a field differing from your specific PhD subject, and Natalie wanted to do something completely novel, away from science and academia entirely, to help inform her career choices in the future. Natalie interned with a small, progressive construction company who work with First Nations communities in the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District. The company not only works with the nations on a client/contractor basis but over 90% of their onsite employees are indigenous too.

The company has a long-term official partnership with a local first nation community whom Natalie worked closely with. Specifically, Natalie worked with the indigenous communities on behalf of the company to assist them with project development, community outreach, grant writing and capacity building. Natalie helped implement of the company’s successful apprenticeship scheme for onsite indigenous employees who are interested in pursuing carpentry qualifications. Natalie wrote grant applications for potential projects, helped to organise a community-wide open house event, and developed proposals for new partnerships and community building projects. By working in a small company, Natalie felt like she was very useful and made a much bigger impact than if she had worked elsewhere. Excitingly, she has also been asked to continue with some remote work for the company on some relevant projects.

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Welcome to our new BBSRC DTP cohort 2023!

10 October 2023

After a three-year funding gap, we are thrilled to announce the arrival of a fresh cohort of DTP students, generously funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). Building on last year's successful securing of funding for DTP3, this October marks the commencement of the first cohort, with another set to follow next year.

Cambridge Biosciences DTP student, Maximilian Gantz, wins First Prize for ‘best talk’ at the Department of Biochemistry PhD Symposium

3 October 2023

Max (SBS DTP, cohort 2020), PhD student in Prof. Florian Hollfelder’s lab, was one of the 17 students presenting at the Department of Biochemistry PhD Symposium. His talk, with the title ‘A Microfluidics-enabled Workflow for Rapid Large-scale Fitness Data Generation Informs Biocatalyst Engineering’, won First prize for "best oral presentation".

New Training and Inclusivity Support Manager has been appointed to support our DTP cohorts

27 September 2023

We are thrilled to announce the appointment of Dr Sam Byers as the Training and Inclusivity Support Manager for the Cambridge Biosciences DTP cohorts.