Undergraduate students enrolled on courses related to Biology, Biomedical, Biomolecular and Medical Sciences complete a final-year research project on a topic that appeals to the individual student. For students interested in molecular pathology and in stratified medicine, project work and training may be undertaken in the Node Proximity Laboratory, but more often for undergraduates, in the Node Satellite Laboratories. Students can develop scientific and experimental skills through practical work in our laboratories, as well as gaining applied experience of planning and conducting research, and benefit from acquiring hands-on skills in cell and tissue-based techniques. Training is delivered by technical experts, with one-to-one supervision provided in modern well-appointed teaching laboratories, equipping students with CV-boosting research skills. Undergraduates may have the opportunity to work alongside qualified clinicians and research scientists, providing an insight into a career in modern pathology-related professions.
The training provided includes biological specimen preparation for histological techniques (e.g. tissue processing, embedding, cutting, staining), basic histology staining, immunostaining and antibody optimisation, microscopy basics and slide scanning to create digital images of specimens. There are also facilities for creating tissue microarrays of specimens, and for obtaining hands-on experience of cutting edge molecular pathology equipment. Other techniques required for basic molecular analyses, including blood processing (isolation of serum/plasma, white cells, etc.), DNA and RNA extraction, are also practicable in the laboratories, which are furnished with modern equipment for analysing nucleic acid quantity and quality. As part of the Satellite laboratory network, state of the art equipment for gene sequencing and other molecular analyses provide exciting additions to the repertoire of cutting-edge equipment available to experience. The Newcastle Node aims to provide undergraduate training in practical molecular pathology techniques to help equip students embarking on rewarding careers in biomedical science. For more information, or to enquire regarding opportunities to carry out project work in the Molecular Pathology Node, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.