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Early experience in presenting research for postgraduate biological sciences researcher

Published: 13 June 2014
Pooja Khurana

Biological Sciences PhD student Pooja Khurana has taken part in the 2014 Faculty of Natural and Environmental Sciences Early Career Research and Teaching Fellow Conference at the National Oceanography Centre (NOCS).

Fiona Hibbert, Russel Minns, Helen Lewis

This was the conference of its kind for the Faculty of Natural and Environmental Sciences and was organised by Fiona Hibbert, Russel Minns and Helen Lewis.

The postgraduate researcher, who began her studies at Southampton in autumn 2013, displayed a poster detailing her work in the area of developmental origins of adult disease, a field pioneered in Southampton in the 1980s by Professor David Barker. He probed links between a mother's nutrition before and during pregnancy and the later health of her babies into adulthood. Pooja, with her research colleagues, is using an animal model that will help in understanding how egg and early embryo treatments used in IVF and maternal age, may influence long-term health of offspring born. She is supervised by Professor Tom Fleming and Dr Neil Smyth.

The Conference also included talks by young researchers across Chemistry, Biological Sciences and Ocean and Earth Science. "Events such as these are an opportunity to celebrate the great work going on; share experiences and perspectives and learn from each other in terms of career development and prospects," says Dean Professor Stephen Hawkins.

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