Meet your 2018 Summer Students
Our summer studentship programme helps to kick start the careers of science students wanting to follow the path of animal free research.
This year’s 15 summer students will be involved in cutting-edge, animal free research projects into a range of diseases.
Hover your mouse over or tap on a plus sign to find out more about the project taking place at that location.
Summer Studentship Projects
- At Abertay University, Emma Ewen will be carrying out a systematic review of the preclinical models of a disease caused by the thickening of heart muscles to show that human organoid cultures are more relevant than experiments on dogs.
- At Newcastle University, Georgia Ellis will develop a lubricant to replace bovine (cow) serum for wear testing artificial joints.
- At Durham University, Domonkos Perenyi will use artificial cell mimics – called liposomes – to study how membranes and their compartments can move due to chemical gradients, and will replace all the components with non-animal substitutes.
- At Leeds Beckett University, Sheree Smith will be researching the replacement of antibodies with non-animal replacements for use in Alzheimer’s disease and cancer research to replace experiments on mice.
- At the University of Sheffield, Jowi Guillen will develop tissue-engineered models to study the development of oral cancer to replace experiments on mice and hamsters. We are grateful to Philip and Peta Sams for sponsoring this project.
- At Sheffield Hallam University, Rachel Sharp will be building a physiologically relevant model of fat cell development in inflammatory bowel disease to replace experiments on mice. We are grateful to Philip and Peta Sams for sponsoring this project.
- At Hull University, Eamon Faulkner will be developing fully humanised animal free models, replacing foetal calf serum, to study the role of blood vessel cells in chronic diseases.
- At Loughborough University, Jodie Evans’s project will involve microfluidic neuronal cell circuit development from computer-aided design through to 3D printing. These circuits could replace experiments on mice and monkeys.
- At Northampton University, Zhuo Song will use computer modelling to replace sheep and pig experiments in the clinical study of artificial hearts.
- At the University of Hertfordshire, Elisa Ali will be developing a human in vitro model replacing rats and mice in pulmonary (lung) fibrosis studies.
- At the University of Hertfordshire, Niamh Haslett will develop computer models to predict psychoactivity in new drugs rather than testing in mice.
- At Plymouth University, Foram Dave will use a human cell culture model to study cells from brain tumour patients and test drugs allowing a faster ‘bench to bedside’ transition into clinical trials avoiding animal tests. We are grateful to our anonymous donor for sponsoring this project.
- At the University of Portsmouth, Thomas Clark will unlock the role of pericytes (cells that line blood vessels) used in their blood-brain barrier model to help replace rats and mice in brain tumour research.
- At Imperial College London, Ze Lum will build a test system that mimics a real human eye, and will attempt to create a system that can automatically focus a scanning laser to take full diagnostic maps of the retina. This could replace experiments on cats and monkeys.
- At The Animal Replacement Centre, QMUL, Olivia Knowles aims to identify a novel cancer stem cell sub-population in melanoma samples using a new protocol, to replace the use of mice.
How can I support a Summer Student?
The average cost of a Summer Studentship is £1,940. If you would like to sponsor a Summer Student, please get in touch.
Your donation is helping to start the careers of promising young students and contributing to developing some of the most advanced and successful human-related techniques in many areas of medical research. You can help the next generation of scientists start their careers without using animals.