Stem cells in 3-D with Lucy Smith

Real Scientists is in the UK this week with Lucy Smith (@Lucy_Smith_13), postgraduate researcher in the Department of Biosciences at Durham University. We chatted with Lucy about her work so far.

How did you get into biosciences?
I have always loved to find out new things [and] stem cell biology is fascinating! I work with stem cells and three dimensional cell culture technologies to develop a model to study stem cell differentiation.

What motivates you about your research?
It’s important for ensuring the quality of stem cells for future clinical therapies and reducing animal use.

What do you do when you’re not in the lab?
I give undergraduate masterclasses a few times a year to introduce students to postgraduate life and my research. [Also], knitting, bonsai, I’m a brownie leader, and reading

What does a perfect day off look like for you?
A nice sleep in and a late morning walk with my dogs would start the day, followed by lunch and an afternoon out with my friends doing something fun! A family dinner later on, with a full night to sit and read a brand new book.

Lucy Smith, welcome to Real Scientists!

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