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Department of Biochemistry

Nathan Parker presents on his Part III project.

On Tuesday 14th and Wednesday 15th January, the Department held its annual Part III undergraduate students' Project Symposium.


The start of Lent Term here in the Department of Biochemistry would not be the same without the traditional Part III Project Symposium. For those unfamiliar with the Cambridge system, these are fourth year undergraduate students who, as part of their course, spend 16 weeks in research groups conducting independent research.

We are now halfway through the research projects, so this symposium gives the students the opportunity to present their work to their peers and members of our Department. Projects are mostly undertaken within the Department of Biochemistry, but also elsewhere in Cambridge; the choice being driven by the interests of the students. The breadth of biochemistry and molecular biology presented across the two days is therefore breath-taking!

The quality of the presentations is always impressive, and it seems as though every year the bar is raised to the next level. The students' depth of knowledge on their topic, understanding of the techniques, and level of enthusiasm are second to none.

Nathan Parker, a Part III student researching in Dr Darerca Owen's Group, commented: "The Part III Symposium was an exciting opportunity to listen to the wide range of projects being carried out by other Part III students across the Department and externally. It also provided a valuable chance to present my own research, developing key presenting skills."

Eight more weeks remain for the students to work on their projects before Lent Term finishes and it is time for them to start writing their reports. The write-ups will include new and exciting data, which often gets included in publications or used as preliminary data in new grant applications. The students will have gained new skills and knowledge, preparing them for the future, typically for a PhD. And those in the audience have gotten a glimpse of the very latest biochemical research in Cambridge!


Nathan Parker presents on his Part III project.

Credit: Jessica Corry, Department of Biochemistry, University of Cambridge.


Marko Hyvönen and Rhys Grant

Publication date

24 January 2020