Two scientists from Newcastle University’s Centre for Mitochondrial Research department visited Sedbergh School last week to talk to sixth form biology students.

“It was a pleasure to welcome Christie Waddington and Pavel Rai from Newcastle University Centre for Mitochondrial Research to the Biology department,” said Head of Biology Dr Alisdair McMeechan.

“The talk gave pupils a first-hand account of mitochondrial diseases, as well as a vital insight into careers in scientific research and Higher Education. This was particularly timely, as this cohort begin to prepare their University applications and formulate more detailed career plans.

Large numbers of Sedbergh pupils peruse Undergraduate courses in STEM-related subjects; reflecting a plethora of well-paid, exciting and flexible career opportunities in this field.

The global demand continues to increase, and I am delighted at the high uptake of pupil’s studying STEM-related subjects at A Level.” 

A Level Biologist Isobelle Page said: “I thought the lecture was very interesting, especially as I, and many others I am sure, did not know anything about mitochondrial disease or that it even existed.

The research at Newcastle University seems very useful and I enjoyed finding out about the sort of thing that goes on in research departments at universities.

The two scientists used interactive aids to help express what happens when you have the disease – it was fascinating.”

Further information about the Newcastle University team’s research can be found here:

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