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Edd Jones: Biomedically speaking – University of Reading

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    From student to scientist

Edd Jones: Biomedically speaking

Edd Jones loved studying BSc Biological Sciences at Reading so much that he stayed on for his MSc in Molecular Medicine.

Why Edd chose to study science

After getting a microscope as a child, Edd knew that he wanted to become a scientist, and his passion grew as he got older. Pursuing a degree in Biological Sciences was a natural choice for him.

"I wanted to learn the most up-to-date science from the people who knew the most about it. My lecturers at Reading were also world-class researchers, which meant they were passionate about what they were teaching, and knew how to feed my childhood passion."

During a genetics lecture in his first year, Edd had a lightbulb moment that drove home that he'd made the right decision. He saw how such small things could determine an entire life, and although what he was studying was complex and fast-moving, it was vitally important."

 An exciting third year at the university

In his third year, Edd conducted his research project alongside his lecturers in state-of-the-art labs.Working alongside my lecturers transformed how I saw the Department. I went from being a student to a scientist.

"Working alongside my lecturers transformed how I saw the Department. I went from being a student to a scientist. Originally, I hadn't planned on doing a placement year as I didn't understand how it would benefit me. However, by my second year, it was evident that the market outside university was very competitive and I could see how a year in industry would give me an advantage over other graduates applying for jobs."

Edd got to put this into practice during a field trip. He spent two weeks in Columbia finding and studying new species of bacteria that live in extreme environments.

"The first week was spent in the field, with the second week spent collaborating with the local university in its labs. I'm still in touch with the people I met there. This sort of project isn't available at any other university but it was the highlight of my degree. I was happy that the University of Reading gave me control over the modules I studied, and the experiences I had. My options were broad, from immunology to medical genetics to virology."

from passionate undergraduate to master's student

Edd decided to stay at Reading to study his master's in Molecular Medicine. He wanted to study the evolution of cancer, a brand new field that tied in well to his interest of evolution.

"I investigated the genetic and physical changes cancer cells need to undergo to spread around the human body, which could give us so much insight into the pathology of cancer, leading to new drugs and treatments. There is a culture of research here that I wouldn't be able to find anywhere else. If you come here, you'll get to do exciting things, not just get a degree." 

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