George joins ApconiX as a placement student for the month of August.  George graduated from the University of Newcastle last year after studying Biology.  He decided to take a year out before beginning a master’s degree in stem cell technology and regenerative medicine at the University of Nottingham in September.

George was keen to gain experience in real laboratories and previously worked at United Utilities and the medical device company H&T Presspart in Blackburn.  Working at Alderley Park presented an opportunity too good to miss and George was persistent in ensuring he secured the chance to join ApconiX this summer.

For the last 3 months George has been in Vellore, in the state of Tamil Nadu, southern India volunteering with the International Citizen’s Service. Education around health and social issues was a major element of the project.

George has a particular interest in stem cell research, commenting “Stem cells is an exploding field and there are huge, if not endless possibilities in many areas of medicine”.  His dissertation was on induced pluripotent stem cells and the potential in treating Parkinson’s disease.

“ApconiX are very happy to welcome George ahead of his master’s degree in stem cell technology.  We will be able to give him some sound training in cell culture and cell line profiling which will add to his fast-developing laboratory skills,” added Dr Michael Morton.