UEA research taken to Parliament!
Mr Alvin Lee, 22, a Postgraduate Master’s by Research Student in the Williams Laboratory at the University of East Anglia, attended Parliament to present his bioscience research to a range of politicians and a panel of expert judges, as part of STEM for BRITAIN on Monday 13 March.
Alvin’s research about calcium signals in colon cancer stem cells includes contributions from Dr Alyson Parris and Mr Nicolas Pelaez-Llaneza, whom are both funded by the Humane Research Trust. The poster will be judged against dozens of other scientists’ research in the only national competition of its kind.
The work on how calcium signals serve as ‘Morse -code’ for colon cancer stem cells was shortlisted from hundreds of applications to appear in Parliament.
On the prospect of presenting his research in Parliament, he said, “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity, which I am immensely very grateful for receiving. I hope to impress upon the audience and judges the significance of this research using human gut models developed in the Williams lab, because it might one day be used to develop new treatments against colon cancer.”
This annual competition in the parliamentary calendar gives MPs an opportunity to speak to a wide range of the country’s best young researchers. Early career engineers, mathematicians and scientists are the architects of our future and STEM for BRITAIN is politicians’ best opportunity to meet them and understand their work.