Student lands scholarship into cancer cell research

Nikita Dhingra, a second year BSc Medical Science student at the University, has been awarded a prestigious Biomedical Vacation Scholarship by the Wellcome Trust.

Nikita’s project will see her examining the effect of molecular compounds, formed at the University, which are believed to decrease the levels of the survivin protein found in malignant cancer cells.

Her research will enable her to understand more about cell culture and protein analysis, and could go some way to help the fight against bowel cancer.

Nikita’s successful application will enable her to conduct the eight week long research project under the supervision of Dr Iain Nicholl.

The scholarships provide promising undergraduates with hands-on experience of research during the summer vacation, with the aim of encouraging them to consider a career in research.

Speaking about her Scholarship, Nikita Dhingra said: “I was ecstatic when I found out that I had been awarded the Wellcome Trust scholarship. I am a regular fundraiser for Marie Curie Cancer Care, as I believe without a doubt that it is an exceptional cause.

“However, instead of fundraising, this scholarship will enable me to be at the heart of pioneering research that could potentially help fight cancer, something which I am very passionate about. Working alongside Dr Nicholl at the University of Wolverhampton will provide me with continuous encouragement and motivation for an opportunity that I am deeply humbled and grateful to be given.”

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Date Issued: Wednesday 5 June 2013

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