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Institute for Life Sciences

Alisha Sharma PhD - 2017, 2021

1st Year

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Modulating Mechanobiology and Blood Supply to Improve Bone Strength in Paget’s Disease of Bone

“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.

I studied at the University of Southampton and received a bachelor’s degree in 2017 in Biochemistry with a First class honours. My lab skills have developed through continued practice of varying techniques in the lab. My dissertation looked at the influence of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) on endothelial migration and survival. I also undertook a summer placement with the University of Southampton as a part of the Williamson group, where I conducted research focusing on proteins involved in Alzheimer’s disease. Through these experiences I have been exposed to a varied amount of techniques such as NMR, protein expression, PCR and tissue culture. 


After graduating, I started a PhD in the Bioengineering group in the faculty of Engineering and the Environment. My new project now focuses on improving bone strength in Paget’s disease of bone.


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