INTERVIEW: The Glorious Women of the SBS’ Teaching Office

Over the hills and far away, deep down in the backwoods of the Bourne Building, Monday to Friday, 9am-4pm, teletubbies come out to play – except this time the tubby custard is a pile of lab reports, and the teletubbies are our academic guardian angels, the glorious women behind the inner workings of the teaching office – Nikki Moss and Mel Kiukkanen. The Scientists’ Scribe popped in for a chat; and here is what they had to say. SS: Describe yourself in three words. MK: Enthusiastic, Determined and Organized. NM: Enthusiastic, Kind and Reliable SS: When did you first arrive at Royal Holloway, could you … Continue reading INTERVIEW: The Glorious Women of the SBS’ Teaching Office

Misconceptions on the Origin of Depression

Elisavet-Vasiliki Papadopoulou, Biochemistry 3rd Year   During discussions with peers regarding depression I often hear the following statement: ‘Depression is caused by low serotonin levels’. We today know that the mechanisms involved in depression are complex; involving psychological and neurochemical factors. One such … Continue reading Misconceptions on the Origin of Depression

An Introduction by Professor Alan Gange

Professor Alan Gange, Head of the School of Biological Sciences Welcome to the first edition of the School newsletter for this session. A publication like this can only be a success if people contribute, so please contact the editors if you have a story to tell, an event to advertise, a fund raising event, in short anything! This has been a most exciting summer for the School. We welcome three new members of staff this term: Prof Pankaj Sharma joins as Professor of Neurology, Dr Steve Portugal as Lecturer in Animal Behaviour and Dr Rudiger Riesch as Lecturer in Evolutionary … Continue reading An Introduction by Professor Alan Gange

Heard of Ebola yet?

Zafar Ullah, Medicine (MBBS) at Kyber Medical College Peshawar, Pakistan, 3rd Year With an outbreak lurking about, who hasn’t heard of Ebola. Currently it is one of our world’s deadliest diseases, being highly infectious with no known cure. It starts with a fever and ends in death. The Ebola virus first appeared in 1976 and ever since, sporadic outbreaks have occurred while the latest has caused tremendous damage and is perniciously spreading amongst West African countries such as Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia. In previous outbreaks there have been very good responses from the health care systems and also from the … Continue reading Heard of Ebola yet?

BSc, MSc & PhD – Royal Holloway has given me it all.

Andrea Briones, PhD I have been a student at RHUL for a long time. Originally from Peru, I studied in Texas as a Biochemistry/Pre-medicine major and then decided to pursue my further education in the UK. I chose RHUL on account of its impressive reputation and charming campus; I haven’t looked back since. After the successful completion of my bachelors in Biochemistry, followed by a short period of time at work, I returned for my MSc studies and now I am finishing my PhD at the university. Living and studying in different places had exposed me to a broad range … Continue reading BSc, MSc & PhD – Royal Holloway has given me it all.