"My placement focused on analysing the integrity of DNA samples according to their capture method. With the help of Robin Moll as my supervisor and many other lovely members of the team, we did this by capturing some dead samples, using pitfall traps with water, and some live samples. We then extracted, repaired, and amplified the DNA. Using the FemtoPulse to identify the best sample, that being a small beetle, we then sequenced it and used online BLAST software to identify the species.
"The best part of my placement was being able to experience what a working lab environment is like. As well as meeting people who taught me more about lab etiquette, technique, and how fascinating DNA is. Genetics is a field which has held my attention for quite some time so being able to be actively involved in my own research, benefiting Sanger, has been a dream.
"Taking part in this scheme has helped me massively to decide on my potential future career. I now firmly want to take part in a degree apprenticeship, so that I can continue lab work during my degree, and I want to be able to conduct my own research in the future."