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Miss Rachel Harris 

MRes Advanced Biological Sciences

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Rachel Harris is an MRes Advanced Biological Science student within Biological Sciences at the University of Southampton.

I graduated from the University of Southampton in 2017 with a BSc in Biochemistry. For my undergraduate dissertation I studied the induction of epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) by Ras in colorectal cancer, and how the protein tropomodulin 3 can affect this.

Research interests

Research area:

My research focus is on how the epithelial transcription factor ELF3 relates to Ras induction as well as the Wnt pathway in colorectal cancer to induce epithelial to mesenchymal transition (EMT). Throughout my project I have had the opportunity to carry out bioinformatic analysis on data from the cancer genome atlas (TCGA) to both validate my findings as well as relate them to clinical prognosis.

Why I chose MRes Advances Biological Sciences:

I really enjoyed the practical side of my third year dissertation, as well as the opportunity to contribute to our understanding of disease, so I knew I wanted to continue doing research. The MRes seemed like the perfect opportunity to prepare myself for a career in this field.

Aims for the future:

In the future I wish to do a PhD in cell signalling and/or oncology, making use of the bioinformatic and cell biology skills I have learnt from my Mres.

MRes Supervisors: Dr Yihua Wang and Dr Rob Ewing

Research group

Molecular and Cellular Biosciences

Affiliate research group

MRes Advanced Biological Science

Miss Rachel Harris
School of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Environmental and Life Sciences
Life Sciences Building 85
University of Southampton
Highfield Campus
SO17 1BJ

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