Peak Proteins welcomes Evie Rejnowicz who joins us as an Intern student for the next 4 months.

Evie will be working with Dr Steve Harborne to help develop membrane protein workflows and case studies. Her work will involve expression, purification and biophysical characterisation of a number of membrane protein test cases of various fold and function, including human GPCRs and bacterial multi-drug resistance transporters.

As well as new laboratory-based experiences, Evie will get some experience of the commercial side of the business including marketing, writing quotes and interacting with clients.

After studying Medical Biochemistry as an undergraduate at the University of Leicester, Evie went on to gain a master’s degree at the University College London. The title of her dissertation was “The Role of RAF Isoforms in MAPK Signalling Pathway Activation”.

Evie continued her academic studies and is now in her third year of Ph.D. studies researching the interactions of the N-Myc transactivation domain interactome and the implications of these interactions in the treatment of cancer.

The internship with Peak Proteins was coordinated by the Medical Research Council DiMeN Doctoral Training Partnership. The partner institutions (Universities of Leeds, Liverpool, Newcastle and Sheffield) are core members of the Northern Health Sciences Alliance, which confronts stark North-South disparities in the rates of chronic disease, poor health and early death in a population of >15 million.

The partnership provides up to 30 fully funded studentships across the partnership per year, focussing on the complementary themes of Genetic Influences on Health, Ageing and Disease Bioinformatics and Personalised Medicine.

All MRC-funded students registered within the Universities of Sheffield, Leeds, Newcastle and Liverpool are eligible to apply, including all core DTP students, MRC industrial CASE students, MRC Unit, Institute, Centre or Partnership students and MRC Clinical research training fellows.

The award includes opportunities to receive training within industry.

Evie commented, “I have been working in academia for a few years now and I am looking forward to working in industry and finding out what it is really like. Peak Proteins has not only provided me with that opportunity but also the opportunity to learn new skills from protein experts which will help enormously in my continuing research studies”.

“Working with Steve is such a coincidence because he worked as a Post Doc across the corridor from my current lab at the University of Leeds”.