2001-2008: Oakham School, A levels in Biology (A), Chemistry (A), Physics (A), Maths (A)
2008-2011: Pembroke College, University of Oxford, BA (Hons) Biological Sciences - First Class
Ongoing: St Cross College, University of Oxford, DPhil in Paediatrics
Although I am partaking in taught modules offered by the DTP, I am an iCASE student, and already have a specific project defined. I am working with both the Oxford Vaccine Group and GlaxoSmithKline, on the characterization of a model system for the experimental investigation of the human germinal centre response. This work will involve isolation of specific B cell subsets from the peripheral blood, using techniques such as FACS and MACS. Next-generation sequencing will then be used to look at the immunoglobulin gene expression profiles at different time-points post-vaccination as a tool to elucidate what is happening in the germinal centres. This work will involve extensive assay optimization, as well as some software development in order to analyse the sequence data.
Sanger Institute (1 month): investigated the signals involved in early zebrafish development.
Primate Sanctuary, South Africa (1 month): worked as a guide, and assesed primate behaviour and adaptation to new environments.
Dept of Zoology, Oxford (2 months): worked in Martin Maiden's group, investigating the genetic epidemiology of Campylobacter spp.
Oxitec Ltd (10 months): worked on the optimisation of a transgenic strain of Aedes albopictus for pest population control. Aided in regulatory affairs work.
PCR, qPCR, RT-PCR
Working with blood and blood products
High-throughput sequencing and analysis (sanger/illumina/454)
Basic Python, Perl and C
Basic HTML and CSS
Image editing and graphic design with Photoshop
Use of Mac, Windows and Linux OS
Clinical trial & Ethics proposals
I enjoy all aspects of photography, and have a gallery of fine art prints for sale. These can be found at www.jakegalson.co.uk. I am also a keen cyclist, and compete in the occasional race and time-trial.