Winning a junior Colgate prize

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Paul Hankinson
Undergraduate Student
Intercalated BMedSci Degree
Project title: The role of Calmodulin Like 3 in the Development of Oral Cancer

When did I do my BMedSci

I completed my BMedSci project between my 2nd and 3rd BDS in the year 2013/2014

My project

I was investigating the role of a single gene in the development of oral cancer. Specifically looking at a potential role in the immortalisation process. It involved using a wide variety of research methods and skills such as cell culture, qPCR, western blotting, immunohistochemistry, transient transfections as well as flow cytometry.


So far I have presented my work in Cardiff for the BSODR meeting and Guy’s hospital for the INSPIRE meeting. I also have the opportunity to present my work at the IADR meeting in Seoul in 2016.

Honours or prizes

Following my presentation at the BSODR meeting I won the junior Colgate prize. As part of this prize I have been given the opportunity to present my work in South Korea in 2016.

What I gained from my BMedSci

Completing a BMedSci has allowed me to develop many new skills as well as enhance others already gained. It has also provided a wealth of opportunities outside the normal BDS curriculum. For example as part of the writing process you will read many scientific papers vastly expanding you experience in this area. This is very useful latter in the BDS course and for postgraduate study and development. I have also gained knowledge and practise of several basic research methods which are transferable to other projects, such as during a PhD.

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