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Interdisciplinary PhD Students:

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Interdisciplinary research is a great way to find alternative solutions to problems that might not be solvable by an individual department; it is the way forward.

William James Anderson - IfLS PhD: A microfluidic droplet sorter based on surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy
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Studying as a postgraduate research student allows you to independently study a very specific area of research that of which may never have been studied before.

Adam Dorey - Biological Sciences
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I like that my PhD will be co-supervised by the Department of Mathematics and Medicine because I feel it will provide a rigorous platform that will be firmly based in the real world. I also hope that by undertaking research at the University of Southampton, I’ll have the opportunity to learn from, and collaborate with, the UK’s leading community of cancer immunologists. I enjoy developing and applying mechanistic mathematical models and I’m interested to learn more about their relationship with machine learning. The thought of parameterising such models via practical experiments taking place at the new Centre for Cancer Immunology and also the potential for these models to then guide future experiments is very exciting. Finally, I’m inspired by the thought of undertaking research that might eventually lead to the development of new cancer immunotherapy drugs which could ultimately save lives.

Joseph Egan - PhD
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In many areas of science and technology innovations come from the fringes of established fields, interdisciplinary research is particularly good at driving innovation as it brings in new perspectives and talent to the research field.

Gareth Evans - PhD in Engineering and Physical Sciences, First Year
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In the longer run and for wide-reaching issues, more creative solutions tend to come from imaginative interdisciplinary collaboration.

Sara Ferri -
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It is exciting and challenging to be approaching a medical problem using the tools of the engineer and mathematician. The multidisciplinary approach has the potential to produce novel insights in cell biology.

Patricia Goggin - IfLS PhD: Correlative light, X-ray, and electron microscopy framework for 3D bone imaging at the cell level across the lifecourse
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This project is a joint study between Chemistry, Biological Sciences and Medicine at the University of Southampton. The interdisciplinary nature of this PhD integrates technologies related to DNA synthesis, gene expression, cell biology and molecular biology. This PhD project will give me the chance to learn different techniques, obtain a wide range of skills and to gain a broad knowledge in different disciplines.

Ane Gutierrez Aguirregabiria - Hilary Marsden IfLS PhD Student,
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The greatest benefit of interdisciplinary programme is being able to access know-how and experience of leading figures in multiple areas of research

Krzysztof Herdzik - 2015
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I choose an interdisciplinary project in order to gain a wider skill set that is applicable to a large variety of fields and research areas. I aim to develop a research based career investigating how man made infrastructure impacts the environment.

Georgina Hollands -
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For me, to be able to do an interdisciplinary project is perfect. I have a Mathematical background and I have always wanted to apply the skills I have in a Healthcare environment. For my Masters project I worked on building a model to aid decision making in Cardiac and Orthopaedic outpatients. I’m really excited therefore to be able to come back to University again but this time to study Genomics and apply my skills in that field.

Clare Horscroft -
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Interdisciplinary research facilitates the crucial integration of complementary scientific fields to encourage innovative new research with the potential to make a significant difference to medical science.

Lauren Jevons - PhD Human Development and Health, first year
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Science, by it’s nature, is interdisciplinary and therefore it only makes sense to conduct research in the same manner.

Lorna Kearns -
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I believe that interdisciplinary research it the most important source of inventions, as it allows to solve problems whose solutions are far beyond the scope of a single discipline.

Artur Kirjakulov - PhD in Infection, Inflammation & Immunity, 1st year
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Different scientific disciplines exhibit different ways of thinking which is why I consider an interdisciplinary approach provides a more profound solution to such a complex matter as cancer biology. I also hope to benefit from the variety of different techniques I will learn during my PhD.

Mira Kreuzer - IfLS PhD: Deciphering the effect of glycolytic mechanism on the transcriptional response to hypoxic stress
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I believe an interdisciplinary PhD is important and exciting as you approach questions and problems with the perspective of both microbiologists and engineers which leads to novel insights and advancements in more than one field.

Claire Lamb - PhD Microbiology, Year 1
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Diseases are caused by a variety of factors. In light of this, our approach to researching diseases should be performed in a manner that explores these numerous factors. Interdisciplinary projects allow for this approach and enable us as young researchers to be real vehicles of change.

Richard Latouche - IfLS PhD: The role of environmental dust from the Middle East in the pathogenesis of constrictive bronchiolitis
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We have become experts in data collection but now it is time to find efficient methods to analyse them.

Enrico Mossotto - Hilary Marsden IfLS PhD: Advanced modelling of Genomic Data
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Only when one is part of an interdisciplinary team, or aims to become part of one, does the research outcome reach a level of importance that goes beyond its own cultivation.

Tim Muntslag -
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“Interdisciplinary Research provides single platform to the researchers from different discipline to apply their knowledge on the same problem for the welfare of human beings.”

Ravi Pal - PhD in Engineering and the Environment, 2017
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In an information rich world, it is very important for a PhD student to be both well rounded scientifically as well as being an expert of one specific topic

Anish Pandey - Interdisciplinary PhD: Understanding competitive carriage within the human nasophaynx with specific reference to Neisserial species
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Nowadays multidisciplinary research is the key for innovation.

Cristina Parigini -
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Interdisciplinary approaches will be crucial as we seek to understand how organisms respond to ever increasing environmental pressures. This project will equip me with the skills and lateral thinking needed to tackle these environmental challenges

Cathryn Quick - 2016 - 2020
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Interdisciplinary research enables us to explore new unfamiliar territories, gain knowledge from different fields and form more well-rounded researchers

Fabrizia Ratto - IfLS PhD: Estimating the net economic consequences of losing pollination services
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The ultimate purpose of engineering ought to be the improvement of the quality of life! Undoubtedly, applying techniques from computer science and mathematics in medicine is a great way to achieve this.

Harry Rossides - PhD in Engineering and the Environment
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“The science of today is the technology of tomorrow.” – Edward Teller What are the benefits of interdisciplinary research from your perspective? - There are many benefits of interdisciplinary research. Being able to apply knowledge of one field to another gives us the ability to apply this to another field. Also the collaboration between different fields gives a deeper breadth of knowledge to the research area of question. This research allows captivation of a wider audience. The research gathered will also take more factors into consideration.

Alisha Sharma - PhD - 2017
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Interdisciplinary research gives you the opportunity to use unconventional techniques to tackle unsolved scientific challenges.

Marios Stavrou - IfLS PhD: Time Machines: Microfluidic investigation of epidermal growth factor receptor signal transduction mechanisms
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Improvements are achieved through cooperation in society as well in culture or science. Learning and discovering how maths can cooperate with biology is intriguing and the outcomes would be beneficial for anyone.

Fabio Strazzeri - First year
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An interdisciplinary approach to research allows me to experience new techniques and ways of thinking whilst building on subject knowledge. Combining work across different disciplines helps to create an in-depth understanding of a subject area which enables science to evolve.

Emma Sutton - Hilary Marsden IfLS PhD: Understanding the molecular basis of agonistic and antagonistic receptor activity for immunotherapy
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Some time ago I read a book of Prof. Jim Al-Khalili and Prof. Johnjoe McFadden “Life on the Edge: The Coming of Age of Quantum Biology”. This may put a new light into a life itself. That’s why such a complex problem cannot be studied within a single discipline.

Marzanna Szvaj -
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There is no branch of mathematics, however abstract, which may not some day be applied to phenomena of the real world (Nikolai Lobachevsky)

Martina Testori - Ph.D. Mathematics
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Current treatments for damaged articular cartilage don’t work very well and I am passionate about finding a better treatment by regenerating articular cartilage.

Howard Tribe - PhD year 1
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Creativity is often sparked by the collision of ideas from different disciplines and cultures.

Tao Wang - PhD Economics, Year 1
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Before starting my PhD, I worked on several quite disparate research projects, which has helped me to see the value of bringing different fields together. I am really excited by the idea of using new technologies and advances in other fields to inform the way we study palaeobiology and evolution. Interdisciplinary research can be challenging at times since researchers in different fields can have very different approaches, but it is in the synthesis of these different approaches that I think we can make real and exciting progress.

Katherine Williams - PhD in Engineering and Physical Sciences, First Year
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The outcome of such collaboration will not only lead to advances in science, but will enhance my career choices and boost my confidence, as I will have to face many new challenges due to working across several disciplines

Samah Zarroug - IfLS PhD: Associative learning in Caenorhabditis elegans

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