Interested in postgraduate study with The Open University's, or maybe you just love science? Discover some of the fascinating research our PhD students in School of Life, Health and Chemical Sciences have been doing in these introductory articles.
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Shift working – does it change how we think?
How does sleep deprivation and circadian rhythm affect shift workers' cognition? Emily Breese, a postgraduate student at The OU, explains the importance of her research on this:Read now ❯Shift working – does it change how we think?
With so many researchers all over the world producing information, is there a way for other scientists to look at large sets of results and use them to make new discoveries?Read now ❯Big data and bioinformatics: Powerful tools for decoding DNA
What's the Blood Brain Barrier and how does studying this help us to find out more about diseases associated with ageing such as Alzheimer’s? OU research student, Eduardo Frias-Anaya explains:Read now ❯How our brain changes as we grow old: the Blood Brain Barrier breakdown
How does it feel to use something in your everyday life without realising its importance? Lots of people use it. The economy has changed dramatically over the last 20 years because of it. OU PhD student, Konstantina Nadia Tzelepi, discusses nanotechnology, the study of very small things at a nanoscale.Read now ❯Nanotechnology: Good things come in small packages
Could studying certain elements in our genome , previously considered to be 'junk', hold the key to the treatment of several diseases? One OU Ph.D. student explains her research:Read now ❯Genomic “dark matter”: a key to understand cancer biology?
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Rewriting DNA: An introduction to genome editing
Why would scientists want to alter the DNA of organisms or cells? One OU Ph.D. student explains all you need to know about genome editing...Read now ❯Rewriting DNA: An introduction to genome editing
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Targeted genome editing: Introducing the CRISPR/Cas9 system
Ever heard of CRISPR/Cas9? OU research student, Sonia Azeggagh, explains the impact of this genome editing technology on biology and medicine:Read now ❯Targeted genome editing: Introducing the CRISPR/Cas9 system
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Using lanthanides as medical imaging tools
Discover how an element belonging to the 'rare earth metals' is being used in medicine. Here's how lanthanides' magnetic properties are fantastic for medical imaging:Read now ❯Using lanthanides as medical imaging tools
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Researching rare disorders: NGLY-1, the first disorder of deglycosylation
What happens when our cells can’t get rid of the waste products they produce? Working on a project inspired by the passion of the rare disease community, Open University PhD student Sarah Needs explains:Read now ❯Researching rare disorders: NGLY-1, the first disorder of deglycosylation
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Understanding interstrand crosslink repair in Drosophila
What happens when DNA becomes damaged? One OU PhD student explains how studying interstrand crosslinks in fruit flies has exploited similar human disorders.Read now ❯Understanding interstrand crosslink repair in Drosophila
What are the links between mood disorders and a type of pesticide called Organophosphates? One OU PhD student explains their research...Read now ❯Investigating Links Between Pesticides and Mental Health
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Rare diseases are important too: Investigating Idiopatic Intracranial Hypertension (IIH)
Idiopatic Intracranial Hypertension (IIH), is a rare disease prevalent in obese women of child-bearing age; this article explores The Open University's research into the disease.Read now ❯Rare diseases are important too: Investigating Idiopatic Intracranial Hypertension (IIH)