Archive: November 29, 2023

Sticky Business: Investigating “velcro” gelators in the Netherlands

By LifETIME CDT Student: Chloe Wallace (University of Glasgow) In March I travelled to the Netherlands to undertake a three-month placement at the University of Technology in Eindhoven (TUE), working with Professor Patricia Dankers’ group. Here, I learned all about their self-assembling ureido-pyrimidinone (UPy) functionalised polymers and their potential as biomaterials. These UPy-units act as a

HOW TO BUILD A BRAIN: Looking to the developing brain when developing brain models

By LifETIME CDT Student: Martha Gallagher (She/Her) (Aston University) Neurodegenerative diseases – varying in action but all resulting in the degeneration of parts of the nervous system – pose one of the greatest threats to our healthspan today. You can probably name at least one person in your life who is living with Parkinson’s, ALS, MS,

Engineering Biologically Active Vascular Grafts

By LifETIME CDT Student: Justine Clarke (She/Her) (University of Glasgow) Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) are the leading cause of death globally. They can occur in several different forms, most commonly from a build-up of fatty tissue or blood clots that restrict the blood flow to the brain, heart, or limbs. Another type of CVD occurs when the

From bench to bedside: how physiological relevance underpins the future for Mycobacterium abscessus drug discovery.

By LifETIME CDT Student: Emily Baker (She/Her) (Aston University) Think back to the last time you took a shower or did some gardening on a (albeit rare) sunny day. How did you feel? Were you worried about your wellbeing or what you may be exposed to in the process? Most people don’t think about this on

Organs may not grow on trees, but they can on leaves

By LifETIME CDT Student: Xally Montserrat Valencia Guerrero (She/Her) (University of Glasgow) Have you ever thought about the similarity between an apple and a bone? Or maybe between a leaf and a human heart? It’s hard to think about what these things have in common, especially because they look nothing alike, their shape, colour, texture… everything

Lateral flow tests – they’re not just for COVID-19!

By LifETIME CDT Student: Rory Barnes (He/Him) (University of Glasgow) Remember all those expired COVID-19 lateral flow tests you’ve got hidden in a cupboard somewhere? It might surprise you to find out that technology has been around a while, and we’re still working on improving it. Lateral flow tests first hit the market in 1980’s in