Energy case study: Joshua Eardley
Joshua Eardley is in the first year of his PhD at the University of Brighton
Major challenges facing society today include anthropogenic climate change, natural resource depletion and energy security. Inspired by these challenges, Joshua has directed his research efforts towards the development of a more sustainable society.
His research takes an innovative approach to maximising the efficiency of biofuel production. He is exploring whether ethanol yields can be increased by adding compatible solutes to alcoholic fermentations. The impact of this could be huge by making ethanol production more economically attractive. It would also encourage further research, especially to enhance our understanding of ethanol tolerance and to produce modified yeast species that are of interest to industry.
As well as developing through his personal research project, being part of DTA Energy has allowed Josh to expand his knowledge of other energy-related sectors and issues by attending the programme’s electives and by putting him in contact with like-minded researchers.
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Sam Baker, BA (Hons) Business Administration
University of Brighton
As a school student, Sam failed to get the A-level grades he needed to embark on a degree. But the University of Brighton offered him the chance to study an HND and then to progress to a Degree Top-Up course. Sam went on to graduate from Brighton’s Business School with a BA (Hons) Business Administration in 2003.
After graduation, Sam joined On Screen Trading as a trader before stepping up to become a director at ARB Capital. He joined OSTC in 2011 and is now a Managing Director.
And similar to how his studies at Brighton opened doors for him, Sam organises an annual financial trading competition to help the university’s business students sharpen their work skills. The annual OSTC Trading Challenge, which pits Brighton’s students with those from their neighbours at the University of Sussex, enables students to trade, in a virtual environment, through futures derivatives in a number of products including; commodities, equities and fixed income.
I loved my time at the University of Brighton. They saw my potential and gave me the opportunity to develop. They also supported me when things got tough – including giving me financial assistance when my car was broken into and my clothes were stolen – Sam Baker
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The interplay of stress and cancer
The latest in our series of blogs for World Cancer Day 2018 looks at the work of Dr Melanie Flint from the University of Brighton to investigate the relationship between stress and cancer.
Inspired by a close family friend who battled metastatic breast cancer I have focused on investigating the effects of stress on cancer progression, cancer immunology and the efficacy of cancer drugs. Stress hormones are highly potent and can interact with almost every cell in the body including normal, cancer and immune cells.
Working with colleagues at the University, at Sussex Health Outcomes, Research & Education in Cancer (SHORE-C), and the Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, I am investigating the role of stress in determining the outcome of breast cancer treatment.
This vital information will enable cancer clinicians to create bespoke treatments for all cancer patients; making them more effective. I am encouraged by early laboratory data which suggest that stress-relieving medications may increase the efficacy of chemotherapy and improve recovery. Managing stress and anxiety at an early stage could become routine.
I am also interested in how stress hormones can induce DNA damage to negatively impact drug treatments. One probable mechanism of DNA damage is the production of Reactive Oxygen and Nitrogen Species.
This hypothesis led to recent grant successes with the Breast Cancer Research Trust and Cancer Research UK.
I’m passionate about mentoring future breast cancer researchers leading a multidisciplinary team of post-doctoral scientists, PhD students and MSc students – all with the same goal – to establish a proven mechanistic link between psychological stress and cancer to improve patient outcome.