Proud to announce Roslin Technologies’ first laboratory-based paid internship
The Animal Cells team here at Roslin Technologies is expanding, thanks to our first laboratory-based paid internship. Sarah Ho has joined us for a three-month period as a Stem Cell Science Technician, working with our laboratory team based at the Roslin Innovation Centre.
Sarah, originally from Hong Kong, has a background in Biomedical Science and a close connection to the University of Edinburgh, having studied both her undergraduate and postgraduate degrees there. After studying a Masters by Research in Infection and Immunity, coincidently based at the Roslin Institute next door to Roslin Tech, Sarah knew she wanted to stay in the lab.
The offer of a paid internship gave Sarah the chance to dive back into laboratory protocols, gaining vital hands-on experience in how to culture induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells and work with the different lines and species that we have. While the cell lines themselves are a new area of research to Sarah, the laboratory basics are still the same, allowing her to develop new skills in working with iPS cell lines and hone other fundamental skills.
A passion for stem cell research
As part of her internship with Roslin Tech, Sarah is starting at the very core of our business – iPS cell lines. During her time with us, Sarah will be starting with the fundamentals on how to cultivate our cell lines; from splitting them, to freezing and defrosting, through to ensuring their growth afterwards.
Sarah’s internship gives her the opportunity to work in an area of research that is her passion – stem cell research. Our unique method of producing iPS cell lines for a range of animal species is of great interest to her – “iPS cells are the future of medicine in humans”, and with their application for companion animal therapies, potentially the future for animal treatments too.
Sarah’s interest in Roslin Tech’s work extends deeper than just the ability to work in a lab; she originally wanted to become a vet and has also been vegetarian for over a decade. This duality neatly encompasses the potential uses of our iPS cell lines – using our cell lines in animal therapies offers a new way for Sarah to treat animals for a range of ailments, whilst their potential use in cultivated meat production addresses sustainability issues for the traditional livestock industry.
“Experience is everything” – and with the hands-on experience that she will gain in our commercial research lab, we are excited to follow Sarah on her three-month journey with us and see what the next stages hold!