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Stephen Turnock

Stephen Turnock

Stephen Turnock is doing his PhD in the Preclinical Molecular Imaging team, looking at imaging biomarkers that can be used for monitoring treatment response in neuroblastoma.

What is your background?

I’m originally from Macclesfield, but moved to London six years ago to study Biomedical Sciences at King’s College London, focusing on pharmacology and in vivo research. 

What are you studying now/who with?

I am doing my PhD in the Preclinical Molecular Imaging team in Sutton, under the supervision of Dr Gabriela Kramer-Marek. I am looking at imaging biomarkers that can be used for monitoring treatment response in neuroblastoma.

Why did you want to study at the ICR?

The ICR is more than just a leading research institute. It focuses on collaborative science, which I knew would enable me to work in many disciplines allowing me to expand my knowledge of scientific research.

What’s the best thing about working at the ICR?

The people. All ICR research and non-research staff are extremely dedicated to their roles here and are always willing to help. There are experts in everything, meaning I can always find someone to help me with the answers I need to solve problems.

There is also a great student network in place, which really boosts the student experience inside and outside the lab.

What do you do to unwind in your spare time?

I love to cook/bake, and will spend hours in the kitchen after work and at the weekend concocting something.

One fun fact about you

I take French evening classes and try and speak French with my colleagues as much as possible.

Any tips/advice for future students?

Get to know your office colleagues. Even an introduction in the first couple of days will help break the initial barrier and if, in the future, you have questions to ask – they’ll at least know your name! 

Do you know what you want to do next?

Not entirely. I do know I want to continue research abroad though, as I believe the global scientific community can offer experiences vastly different to that of the UK.

What opportunities has studying at the ICR given you?

There are a plethora of talks and seminars available to everyone at the ICR, meaning I can get an insight into research in many different areas.

This gives me an awareness of new techniques and technologies available to me, meaning I can then take the opportunity to incorporate these into my own research, to best find the answers I need.

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