Entries by Claire Pennycuick

12 biology careers you haven’t thought of

If you’re thinking about a career in biology, what are your options? They may be much wider than you think. The following gives a flavour for the various types of careers that a degree in biology might lead you to.   1. Research in Universities Biology and plant sciences research goes on in Universities across […]

Start your career in biology

We asked 10 people, all with a career in biology, for their top tips for developing your career. Take a look and see what they suggest – you may be surprised.   Choosing the right career Try to understand the different aspects of what it is you enjoy doing and why. For example, you might […]

Plants fight back

When a pest or disease attacks a plant, a battle begins. Within minutes of the attack, plant cells on the front line switch on defence-related genes that make those cells more toxic to assailants and also physically stronger – more difficult for a disease to penetrate or a herbivore to chew. During the next few […]

Effective studying for biology A-level

Tried and tested top tips for effective studying from teacher Beverley Goodger – winner of Biology Teacher of the Year, 2013. If you want to get the best possible results from your studying, remember the last four letters of the word RESULTS. U is for UNDERSTANDING Don’t just file your notes away until next lesson. […]

Stolen genes? DNA in ( and out of ) chloroplasts

Chloroplasts evolved from photosynthetic bacteria living inside the primitive ancestors of plant cells. Reflecting their origin, chloroplasts still resemble bacteria: they carry their own DNA and possess some of their original bacterial genes. Researchers have found, however, that most ‘chloroplast’ genes are no longer inside chloroplasts – during evolution, thousands of genes moved from chloroplast […]

Get the most from a lab placement

If you want to have a career in science, it’s a big help to have some experience on your CV when you complete your undergraduate degree. This helps you know what you want and don’t want in a job, and it helps show the potential employers that you’re keen on the subject and that you […]

Seeing without eyes – how plants learn from light

How can an organism with no eyes sense light? And how can they change their shape and metabolism in response? Yet that’s exactly what plants do – detecting the intensity, direction, duration and even colour of light, and using this information to regulate the activity in their cells. Plants use light to direct the growth […]

Get your writing right – symbols & units

If you’re writing a scientific paper, an essay or a report, you want to get it right. In science, it is important that we are able to present results in a way that minimises confusion. Scientists therefore adopt a common system for presenting data that is widely used and understood. This guide will: – help […]

Get that job – how to network

When you’re looking for that first job in science, or a summer vacation placement, networking can be the hidden factor that makes all the difference. But what is networking, and how do you do it? We’ve put together 5 top tips for people at the start of your science career. 1.    Be prepared and stay […]