Blog – Undergraduate MChem Student at Loughborough University, UK

I’m an Undergraduate Master of Chemistry student at the University of Loughborough in my final year, due to graduate in the summer of 2023. During my time at university, I have performed investigations into the impact of differing concentrations and combinations of the chemotherapy drugs Paclitaxel and Fluorouracil on the neuroblastoma SH-SY5Y cell line, the effectiveness of Ampicillin and Chloramphenicol on the bacteria E. coli and S. epidermidis, as well as many other organic synthesis and analytical investigations. I have previously written research literary reviews on the utilisation of microfluidics-based blood-brain-barrier models to understand and treat glioblastomas, and the recreation of oriented neural networks on a chip through probabilistic guidance of axonal growth – the latter being the area I am focusing my novel NeuChip investigation on.

After doing my first Biochemical experiments last year, I realised that it was the area of chemistry I was most interested in and wanted to pursue the medicinal and pharmaceutical aspects of biochemistry with the study of in vitro models also.

“Dan is a great student and a pleasure to have in the team. I’m looking forward to following his career trajectory as he is so motivated and enthusiastic – he will certainly go places and do amazing things.”

Dr Paul Roach, Loughborough University

You can find out more about Dan in his profile video here.