Applied Biosciences & Biotechnology (MSc), Imperial College London
Molecular biology: PCR, gene cloning, plasmid analysis, cDNA library construction and screening, reporter gene construction, blotting, spectrophotometry, protein extraction and separation, nucleic acid extraction, chlorophyll fluorescence using PAM fluorometers, chloroplast transformation.
Statistics and bioinformatics: univariate parametric and non-parametric statistical tests and PCA in SPSS, phylogenetic software (PAUP), gene sequence editing (Sequencher and Geneious), sequence databases, nucleic acid and protein sequence alignment, genomic and proteomic annotation packages.
Volunteer research projects in molecular ecology (genetic basis for feeding preference in Aricia agestis) and phylogenetics (evolutionary relationships of phytophagous insects of the Solanaceae).
Fieldwork in plant biodiversity and ecology (impact of Eucalyptus plantations on Mediterranean flora) – winner of the undergraduate prize for fieldwork.
Laboratory projects in plant physiology (impact of knock-out sigma factor genes in Arabidopsis) and plant molecular biology (generation and analysis of PSII core protein phosphorylation mutants in Nicotiana tabacum).
Plant molecular and developmental biology: the regulation of chloroplast development and photosynthesis through abiotic signalling.