Lai See Wing, Belle
University of Warwick
Environmental maternal effects and intergenerational inheritance
Dr Andre Pires da Silva, University of Warwick
My PhD project studies how environmental signal affects the germline of nematodes, which eventually changes the phenotype of their progeny, using Auanema freiburgensis as a model.
Before my PhD, I worked as a research assistant in the University of Hong Kong in 2021, studying liver cancer. I graduated with distinction from Imperial College London studying MSc Reproductive and Developmental Biology in 2020, and I own a BSc in Applied Biology.
Why did you choose doctoral research?
I believe Doctoral Research is a necessary training to improve my independent research ability and a valuable opportunity to receive in-depth training in how to approach a research topic.
Why did you choose CENTA?
I was able to find a project in the CENTA studentship that perfectly aligns with my passion and experience in studying epigenetics and maternal effect. The studentship also provides trainings and opportunities to establish a network with other researchers in different universities.
Spending four years in CENTA and University of Warwick to obtain a PhD degree is my first step in pursuing a research-based career. The skills and experience I gain here will make me well-prepared before I officially enter the industry as a postdoc.