REDPOL

Reduction of pollution by endocrine disrupting compounds at source

Proud of our internship students!!! Well done Amy!

Amy’s testimony 280L of artificial seawater, 300 cleaned mussels and 120 tissue samples later…Over the last 5 weeks, I have spent some fantastic days in the laboratory with the Redpol team at the University of Brighton. It has truly been an invaluable experience. From day one, my supervisor Wulan, made me feel comfortable within the…

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The sneak peek 👀

Hello…hello… it’s been a while since the last post. How have you been? I hope you managed to get out and enjoy some time after the end of lockdown (responsibly of course – social distancing please, stranger..). The summer holidays, the buzz of eating out, the sunshine (while it lasted..), etc. Because I very much…

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Game: Spot the difference

    With the Tokyo Olympics just around the corner, here is our challenge for our fellow Biologists: Can you find the differences between these two pictures? If so, congratulations! You are one step closer to being a pro histopathologist (well done…my young padawan…). These pictures are the micrographs taken from our samples. Most of…

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MAY the results be with you (soon)…

This May the focus is Histopathology. After going through specialist training, thanks to our technician Anna Blunden, our student Rebekah has completed tissue processing and also paraffin embedding for 60 samples of mussel gonads. The tissues were sectioned (or cut) with a manual microtome and then submerged in a series of alcohol concentrations (imagine dunking…

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Not an April Fools

No, it was not. We seriously started the experiment on 1st April, after collecting the mussels at the end of March. We first let the mussels acclimatise to the experimental environment, to minimise the stress and let them get accustomed to their new place (uhhh… minus that chit-chat with the neighbours or finding the available…

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Meet our New Student

Meet Rebekah, a master’s student studying Biomedical Sciences (MRes) at the University of Brighton. Rebekah’s interests, in addition to ageing, are in the interdisciplinary field of ecotoxicology. Her current research project, which investigates the effect of triclocarban on the reproductive success of Mytilus spp., reflects this. We would like to welcome her on board. Her…

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Mussel collection today

Brilliant day today, collecting mussels from Hove beach with Bekah! Lovely weather, lots of people and ….lots of mussels. The blue mussels Mytilus edulis are widely distributed around the world, very common all around the coast of the British Isles and not listed on the IUCN red list of threatened species. Therefore our sampling today…

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This March, we’ve been MARCHing…

Just like the title, we are marching to the big kick-off of the project. March was marked with great achievements in the preparation stages. Early this month, we submitted the ethics for the experiment. We do not underestimate the importance of treating animals with respect – and we’re happy to report that the project has…

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Stage #0 doesn’t mean zero!

First month, exciting! As February marks the start of my life as a Research Fellow, there are a lot of administrative tasks that need to be dealt with, related to the post. After induction at the beginning of this month, I am getting underway with the implementation of the project. This February, the project is…

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Meet the New Postdoctoral Researcher

Dr. Wulan Koagouw is a researcher at the Research Center for Oceanography (LIPI), focusing on marine biology. She completed her Master of Research (MRes) in Bioscience at the University of Brighton through the Chevening Scholarship, the UK government’s international award funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). She then pursued a doctoral degree at…

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