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Richard Latouche IfLS PhD: The role of environmental dust from the Middle East in the pathogenesis of constrictive bronchiolitis, 2015/16

Postgraduate research student

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Hi, I'm Richard Latouche and I studied IfLS PhD: The role of environmental dust from the Middle East in the pathogenesis of constrictive bronchiolitis within Institute for Life Sciences at the University of Southampton.

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.

I began my research career at Aston University; where I completed a Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Science. During my studies I found that I had a keen interest in molecular biology and clinical microbiology. In my integrated placement year I participated in a research project to establish the actin bundling properties of elongation factor 1-alpha 2, a cancer related protein, in vitro. Following this, for my undergraduate research project I participated in a study primarily focussed on assessing the residual activity of a novel germination biocide solution, as a potential adjunct to current control measures, against the nosocomial pathogen; Clostridium difficile.

Prior to moving to the University of Southampton I participated in a summer project. The project involved the incorporation of the novel germination biocide solution into a hand gel/formulation. The project sparked my interest in interdisciplinary studies as it was a fusion of clinical microbiology and pharmaceutics. I enjoyed the use of multiple approaches to tackle a single disease process. Suffering from Asthma I am very passionate about the study of airway diseases and as such this interdisciplinary project, involving the fusion of molecular biology and geology was very appealing.

I am under the supervision of Professor Donna Davies, Dr Chris Grainge, Dr David Smart, Professor Martin Palmer and Professor Damon Teagle all of whom share my passion and drive to contribute to the understanding of Constrictive Bronchiolitis, a rare disorder impacting members of the armed forces, so that one day preventative/curative measures can be developed.

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