Student Biographies

Click on the images below to read the biographies of some of the past and present students studying with the Doctoral Training Partnership.

Nicolle Som

Project: MtrAB-LpqB: A conserved pathway regulating cell division in the phylum Actinobacteria?

Supervisor: Dr Matt Hutchings UEA-BIO

I did my BSc in Biology at the University of Oldenburg, Germany where I had the chance to work with bacteria for the first time. I was directly fascinated by these tiny amazing organisms and I concentrated my studies on the physiology and metabolism of bacteria which degrade aromatic compounds anaerobically.

After my undergraduate degree I did a Master of Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of Marburg, Germany and specialised in cell division of the soil bacterium Myxococcus xanthus. I enjoyed working on my Master project and decided that I would like to go on to study for a PhD.

I applied for a PhD project in the NRPDTP programme for several reasons. Firstly I have a very interesting project, working with Streptomyces species, which are very important organisms for antibiotic production. Secondly I can do research in a perfect environment created by many excellent institutes being in one location. And finally, due to the DTP program I can develop and improve my scientific and professional skills to enable me to be optimally prepared for my career after my PhD.

I was attracted to do a PhD at the University of East Anglia because I think this offers me the best environment and support for my PhD.