The ڹϳϱϹ ڹϳϱϹ works to deliver impact by translating our science and understanding of fundamental biology to promote lifelong health and wellbeing. Our blogs offer scientists, staff and guests the chance to share their individual views and experiences on the ڹϳϱϹ's efforts to deliver research impacts and to build a welcoming and diverse community.




The journey and impact of a pipette tip

Eric Mannis explains the impact of pipette tips used in labs.


My career: How I became a facilities scientist

Kirsty MacLellan-Gibson writes about the career path that led her to the ڹϳϱϹ. 


Apprenticeships in animal care: insights from our Biological Support Unit team

Our Biological Support Unit is responsible for caring for mice used in the ڹϳϱϹ’s research. Their team of technicians and specialists perform daily husbandry duties and provide essential services to the facility.


Engaging the next generation of scientists in understanding animal research

Hannah Wardle, manager in our Biological Support Unit, writes about her recent experience working with children designing enrichment for mice.


From postdoc to leader: chronicles of independence

Dr Ivan Gallotta, senior postdoc in the David lab, describes his experience of the Pathway to Independence programme and gives some tips for postdocs looking to make the transition to principal investigator.


Into industry and back again, how I navigated the next steps after my PhD

Adam Bendall, postdoctoral researcher, reflects on his career so far.


The Big Plastic Count

Looking ahead to The Big Plastic Count, Yoko Shibata, Principal Scientist at PetMedix, explains the size of the plastic pollution problem, and what can be done about it.


My apprenticeship experience: from the IT helpdesk to infrastructure specialist

For National Apprenticeship week, we asked Matt to reflect on his apprenticeship experience.


The birth of a new network – bringing entrepreneurs together across the ڹϳϱϹ Research Campus

Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation Officer, Maha, describes the launch of a new professional network.


Listening and learning – a scientist’s experience of participating in a public dialogue

Amy Wilkinson writes about her experience participating in a public dialogue focussed on embryo research


How to deck the halls sustainably, our tips for a planet friendly holiday season

The holidays are just around the corner (in case you hadn’t noticed) and you’re if keen to make your festive period a more sustainable one, Green Labs is here to help! Members of our wonderful Green Labs team have provided their top tips to help you make the holiday season more planet friendly.


The equity4success alternative gift guide 2023

Browse the 2023 alternative gift guide that goes beyond 'for him' and 'for her'.


Why scientists in academia need to think like entrepreneurs

Mo Elzek explains the benefits of an entrepreneurial skillset as a scientist


Getting social with the Biological Support Unit

Aimee, Small Animal Facility Supervisor, reflects on her involvement in the ڹϳϱϹ's takeover of the Understanding Animal Research Instagram account. 


The Hidden Cost of Science: Unpacking the emissions of laboratory plastics

Guest blogger , Research Associate in Life Cycle Assessments and Carbon Footprinting at UCL, writes about the impact of plastic in the lab.


A day in the life of a roving researcher

The ڹϳϱϹ’s Roving Researcher scheme, running since 2020, provides support for scientists taking long term leave. The postdoctoral position helps maintain momentum on projects by working closely with researchers on leave. Jayalini Assalaarachchi writes about her experience taking on the role. 


My path to public engagement

Sasha Pratt-Taweh, Public Engagement Officer, describes her journey to her role at the ڹϳϱϹ ڹϳϱϹ.


Creating trans inclusion at work

Following on from recent trans inclusion training, Elizabeth reflects and provides advice on how organisations and individuals can further create an inclusive environment for gender diverse people.


Being open to openness: my personal experience with public engagement

Sarah Drummond, an experienced animal technician in our animal facility, shares her perspectives on being open around the use of animals in research and the importance of animal technicians speaking about their work. 


From A to T, C, G: a day in the life of a sequencing specialist

Chris Fox, our sequencing specialist working within the Genomics facility, describes a typical day in the facility as they provide support, innovation and expertise in all part of library preparation and sequencing for the ڹϳϱϹ's researchers and companies on the ڹϳϱϹ Research Campus.


Networking across the pond- ‘Celebrating good times’ in San Diego

Kate Dulwich, our Knowledge Exchange Officer, writes about her experience of her first industry convention, compares the event with academic conferences and shares some top tips for making the most of everything such events have to offer.


Switching to a plant-based diet

Liv Cracknell writes about changing to a plant based diet.