Natasha Gillies

Doctoral Student on the Interdisciplinary Bioscience DTP


Personal photo - Natasha Gillies

I am a first year student enrolled on the BBSRC-funded Interdisciplinary Bioscience DTP with a particular interest in animal behaviour.

Rex Richards Building, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3QU


  • 2013 - 2016: BA (Hons) Biological Sciences, Merton College, University of Oxford (First Class)
  • 2016 - 2020: DPhil Interdisciplinary Bioscience, Merton College, University of Oxford


    2015: Undergraduate research project, University of Oxford:
    8 week fieldwork based project forming part of Final Honours School examination. Investigating the drivers of incubation behaviour in the Manx shearwater on Skomer Island, Wales.
    2014: Research placement, Cardiff University:
    6 week placement at Cardiff University Cancer Stem Cell laboratory under the supervision of Dr Karen Reed. Studied the role of APC and PTEN genes in the rergulation of intestinal epithelial cell migration and proliferation in a colorectal cancer mouse model.
    2012: Research placement, Queens University
    Short placement at Queen's University Marine Laboratory, engaged in promoting the public understanding of science and conservation through collaboration with the local aquarium.

    Conferences Attended

  • ASAB Winter Conference 2016
  • Guest speaker at 2016 Friends of Skokholm and Skomer Meeting


  • 2016 Wilder Penfield Prize in Medicine and Biology , Merton College, University of Oxford
  • 2016 Southern Field Studies Prize , Department of Zoology, University of Oxford
  • 2016 Exhibition Merton College, University of Oxford
  • 2016 Fowler Prize Merton College, University of Oxford