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School of the Biological Sciences

Our Spotlight on series brings you interviews with the fascinating and diverse individuals who make up the School of Biological Sciences.


Dr Mekayla Storer

Career Development Fellow and Group Leader, Wellcome – MRC Cambridge Stem Cell Institute and Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience.

Theme Lead of the Reproduction, Development and Lifelong Health Research Theme.

“Cambridge is the perfect place to be in the sense that I don’t think I’ve ever seen a parallel academic environment, where there’s really clever people. But they’re also incredibly collaborative, people are willing to help you. Everyone is very busy, but extremely generous with their time.”

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Dr Felipe Karam Teixeira

Assistant Professor, Departments of Genetics and Physiology, Development and Neuroscience

Member of the Functional and Evolutionary Genomics and Reproduction, Development and Lifelong Health Research Themes


"Good and motivated people are everywhere. We just need to find them and make them feel like scientific research is something they can do whilst giving them the right support.”

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Dr Nerea Irigoyen

Research Group Leader, Department of Pathology

Member of the Infection and Immunity Research Theme


“For someone like me, a virologist, you think about pandemics all the time. Actually living through a pandemic was very unexpected, I never imagined that something like this would happen in my lifetime and that I would be in a position to help!”

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