Anna – profile
Role/company: 3rd year PhD student, Imperial College London
Subject area: Department of Life Sciences, Faculty of Natural Sciences
Nationality: Czech Republic
I am a 3rd year PhD student in the Department of Life Sciences where I study tissue regeneration using zebrafish as a model organism. I come from the Czech Republic where I completed the International Baccalaureate program before coming to London to study here at Imperial. Whenever I have some time, I love to go play ultimate frisbee with my friends or explore London’s never-ending supply of fantastic restaurants!
Interview with Anna
Hear from Anna Rydlova, who is studying tissue regeneration, about why she wanted to work on these topics.
A-level (or equivalent): International Baccalaureate (IB) – Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Geography, English language, Czech language
• BSc Biomedical Sciences, Imperial College London
• MRes Bioengineering, Imperial College London
• PhD Immunology/tissue repair and regeneration (ongoing), Imperial College London
Detail about Axel
I am investigating genes that are thought to be involved in scar-less tissue regeneration in zebrafish. I am interested in how these genes are regulated and how can we use this knowledge to help design treatments for patients who suffer from progressive scarring diseases, such as the Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (a serious lung condition).
My amazing high school Biology teachers, Professor Nessa Carey through her book The Epigenetics Revolution, and doing undergraduate projects in labs with focus on pulmonary diseases – all had an impact on where I am today.
Who is your STEM hero?
Jennifer Doudna and Emmanuelle Charpentier – both won the Nobel prize in Chemistry last year as the pioneers of the CRISPR-Cas9 technology for gene editing, used in almost every biological lab around the world nowadays.
Most significant discovery/invention?
Related to my field? Single-cell RNA sequencing technology.
In general? The internet!
Career options after study
- Post-doctoral researcher (staying in academia)
- Research scientist (in industry)
- Ultimate frisbee
- Catching up with friend in the park and reading a good book (or watching Netflix!)
Anna talks about her research
Anna talks about tissue regeneration, the process of scarring, and how scarring in your lungs is bad news.