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Biology students benefit from STIMULUS project

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Biology A level students were extremely fortunate to be able to welcome biochemist Lavinia-Lorena Pruteanu to a series of masterclasses in October.

Lavinia-Lorena is currently based at the University of Cambridge, which runs the STIMULUS project. This enables school students to work with students at the university. Lavinia’s ‘home’ university is the Iuliu Hatieganu University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Romania, but she is studying for her PhD in Chemistry focusing on life science informatics at Babes-Bolyai University, also in Romania. She has also had secondments at King’s College, London and the University of Lincoln.

Lavinia’s areas of expertise include molecular biology, genetics, microbiology, cytology, dietotherapy, food chemistry and pharmacology as well as life science informatics.

Lavinia was able to share her interests with our students and give them further information about the wide range of fields of study open to them.

Mark Ward, Biology teacher, says: “We are extremely grateful to Lavinia-Lorena for giving us her valuable time. Our students were very enthusiastic about her visits and are now looking at a much wider range of post-A level opportunities.”