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2022 Oxford-MRC DTP Symposium took place online on 16th June 2022. 


Time Title
9:00 Registration & Tea/Coffee
9:30 Welcome – Professor Ester Hammond, Director of Oxford-MRC DTP

Student Talks – Session 1

Daan Paget - Comparative and Integrated Analysis of Plasma Extracellular Vesicles Isolations Methods in Healthy Volunteers and Patients Following Myocardial Infarction

Emily Carroll - Impairment of mitochondrial respiration and glycolysis in an mESC-MN model of ALS

Verena Sarrazin – Targeting negative affective biases in depression with non-invasive brain stimulation

10:40 Coffee Break

Student Talks – Session 2

Romain Guyon – Development of a single dose vaccine technology by delayed release using microfluidics

Tomas Goncalves - Induction of the Alternative Lengthening of Telomeres pathway by trapping of proteins on DNA

Isaac Grennan –  The coactivation of neurons in the prefrontal corticobasal ganglia network distinguishes effort, reward and decision in a novel decision-making task


'3MRC' (3-Minute Research Competition)

Wojciech Lason – Multiomic characterisation of changes to airway epithelium in SARS-CoV-2 infection and asthma

Sophie Twigger – Design, synthesis, and validation of a reversible, fluorescent probe for measuring real time hypoxia

Tehmina Bharucha - Deep proteomics analysis of human cerebrospinal fluid in Japanese encephalitis virus infection

Alice Evans – Ex-vivo tumour slice culture for the optimisation of CAR-T cell therapy in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma

Ruofan Connie Han – Developing CRISPR-Cas9 gRNA delivery strategies for the treatment of inherited retinal disease

Anežka Macey-Dare – Exploring the impact of patient-derived NMDAR NR1- specific IgG antibodies on the developing mouse striatum


Keynote Lecture: Sir Charles Godfray (Director of Oxford Martin School and Professor of Population Biology)

Science and policy: building the evidence base for better decision making

13:00 Lunch & Poster Presentations
14:00 Careers Service Talk: Claire Chesworth (Careers Adviser, Oxford University Careers Service)

Panel Discussion: Insight into careers in biotech entrepreneurship and industry

Dr Claire Shingler (the Oxford BioEscalator)

Dr Loic Roux (Ochre Bio)

Dr Helena Meyer-Berg (SIRION Biotech GmbH)

15:00 Coffee Break

Dr Tom Beattie (Programme Manager for Doctoral Training, Medical Research Council)

From postdoc to programme manager: working for a research funder


Dr Fiona Suttle (Oxford Sparks Lead)

Bringing science to you – an introduction to science communication and Oxford Sparks

16:15 Closing Remarks and Awards Ceremony
16:30 Drinks Reception





MRC Units Industrial Partners


MRC Harwell

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MRC Molecular Haematology Unit

MRC Molecular Haematology Unit Logo and University of Oxford Logo 

MRC Population Health Research Unit

MRC Population Health Research Unit Logo and Unversity of Oxford logo



Biogen logo



Immunocore logo



Magstim logo


Vertex Pharmaceuticals

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Thank you to the Student Organising Committee:

Jan Boehning

Alissa Hummer

Magda Mareckova

Bethan O'Connor

Jasmine Reese

Gina Wren 

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