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Lydia Allegranza France

Interdisciplinary Bioscience DTP Student

Doctoral Training Centre, Rex Richards Building,
South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3QU

DTP Training and Projects


Week 1Essential Mathematics and Statistics
Week 3Programming in C and Python: Part I
Week 4MATLAB: Part I
Week 5Introduction to Light Microscopy
Week 6Introduction to Medical Imaging
Week 7Programming in C and Python: Part II
Week 8MATLAB: Part II


Short Projects

January 2015To be decided...
May 2015       To be decided...



2014 Biological Sciences MSc by Research
Bioacoustics and Sensory Biology Group
University of Bristol

2013 Zoology BSc(Hons), First Class with Honours
Biological Sciences, University of Bristol

2010 International Baccalaureate Diploma
The Royal High School, Bath

Research Experience

Bioacoustics and Sound Scatter Masters Research Project

I visualised and quantified sound interactions around arbitrary objects. I used a novel technique called refracto-vibrometry which uses laser Doppler vibrometry. I studied how sound interacts with biological shapes, focussing on insect hearing in Bush crickets (Tettigoniidae) and how passive sound scatter around the organs may aid directional hearing. Collaborated with engineers and physicists and was supervised by Professor Daniel Robert and Dr. Rob Malkin. (2013-2014) Refracto-vibrometry example
Sound waves around a Lego mini-figure. Right image shows the scattering.



Bumblebees and Floral Electric Fields Undergraduate Research Project

Five month research project conducted in a pair investigating floral electrical field detection in bumblebees (Bombus terrestrius). Used animal behavioural experiments to test the scope of this sensory ability, such as discriminating positive and negative voltage targets. Also employed laser Doppler vibrometer to analyse any vibration in bee antennae which could imply mechanical detection of electrical fields. Following research published in Science (Clarke et al, 2013). Supervised by Dr. Heather Whitney and Professor Daniel Robert. (2013)

Floral electric fields
Floral electric fields, from paper by Clarke et al, 2013.



Iridescence and Edge Detection ASAB Scholarship Project

Awarded a scholarship by ASAB (Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour) after submitting original research proposal to study the effects of iridescence on perception of shape and edges. Project lasted three months. Supervised by Professor Innes Cuthill and Dr. Heather Whitney. (2012)



Bumblebee Sensory Ecology and Behaviour  Research Internship

Conducted animal behavioural experiments with bumblebees investigating effects of cues including iridescence, magnetic and electrical fields, gloss and polaroid surfaces. Assisted Zoology, Mathematics, Physics, and Psychology graduates for four months. Supervised by Dr. Heather Whitney.



I perform with the Oxford Imps, an improvised comedy troupe that performs on Mondays at 8:00pm, Wheatsheaf Pub, High Street, Oxford.