Max Wilkinson, an accomplished former BSc(Hons) student of the department, returned recently to present his PhD research from the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology at Cambridge University.
Max is currently studying the spliceosome in the laboratory of Professor Kiyoshi Nagai. The spliceosome is an important molecular machine that cuts up and joins pieces of RNA in the cell. Researchers have been working very hard for decades to figure out exactly what it looks like and how it works, and the team from the Nagai Lab has recently made major progress.
Max did a joint BSc(Hons) in 2014 with Associate Professor Peter Fineran and Professor Kurt Krause (Biochemistry), then worked as a research assistant in Peter Fineran's lab for just under a year. During this time he published papers in top journals Biochem J and PNAS, and while at Cambridge University he has been a co-author on two papers in the journal Nature, and a first author on a paper published in Science.