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Miss Sarah Dyer 

MRes Advanced Biological Science

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Sarah Dyer is an MRes Advanced Biological Science Student within Biological Sciences at the University of Southampton.

I graduated from the University of Southampton with a BSc (Hons) Pharmacology in 2017. My dissertation project investigated whether vitamin C could protect against UV damage in a model worm, Caenorhabditis elegans. This was measured through the hatch rate of the offspring.

Research interests

For my undergraduate project I investigated the protective effects of sodium L ascorbate against UVB damage by looking into the hatch rate in C. elegans.

My masters project is investigating the effects of a subanaethetic dose of ethanol on C elegans. So far I have investigated the effects on movement, hatching and food leaving behaviour at a concentration of 100mM in the wild type. This will progress to similar investigations in mutants of neuropeptide signalling pathways. Differences in behaviour may indicate targets of ethanol that produce these behaviours seen in the wild type.

Why I chose MRes Advanced Biological Sciences:

I chose the MRes Advanced Biological Sciences because I thoroughly enjoyed my undergraduate project using  C elegans. This was paired with a keen interest in addictive substances and behaviours that come from addiction such as withdrawal, cravings, and tolerance.
I elected to stay at Southampton because I enjoyed the way I was taught in my undergraduate and the excellent facilities.

Aims for the future:

I hope to go on to study a PhD in neuroscience, possibly in Alzheimer’s or other such areas.

Supervisors: Professor Lindy Holden-Dye & Professor Vincent O’Connor

I hope to go on to study a PhD in neuroscience, possibly in Alzheimer’s or other such areas.

Research group

Biomedical Sciences

Affiliate research group

MRes Advanced Biological Science

Miss Sarah Dyer
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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