My course helped me secure a PhD position here at Sheffield

BSc Biochemistry Federica Pastorelli
Federica Pastorelli
Research project: Experimental Science
BSc Biochemistry
During her third-year project, Federica investigated the acclimation mechanisms in English ivy. This experience sharpened Federica's research and laboratory skills and she has since accepted a PhD position within the same lab here at Sheffield.
BSc Biochemistry Federica Pastorelli

 "For my third-year research project I had the opportunity to work alongside my supervisor Dr Matt Johnson, whose interest is photosynthesis. In the project I investigated the acclimation mechanisms in English ivy, which is remarkable for its ability to grow successfully even in the deep shade of the canopy. Specifically, I analysed the composition and function of the photosynthetic complexes from ivy thylakoid membranes.


My supervisor and the entire lab group created a highly stimulating environment which definitely contributed in enhancing my research skills. Participating in laboratory meetings, preparing presentations and learning new laboratory techniques made this great experience even more enjoyable.

Federica Pastorelli

BSc Biochemistry


"My supervisor and the entire lab group created a highly stimulating environment which definitely contributed in enhancing my research skills. Participating in laboratory meetings, preparing presentations and learning new laboratory techniques made this great experience even more enjoyable. Following this brilliant research opportunity, I am very happy to say that I have been accepted for a PhD position available in the lab!"

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