My name is Liam Riley and I am a BBSRC funded PhD student on the Midlands Integrative Biosciences Training Partnership (MIBTP) program. I am carrying out my PhD research in the Smith Lab, School of Life Sciences, University of Warwick and the Dafforn Lab, School of Biosciences, University of Birmingham.
Throughout the training year of MIBTP program I completed taught courses in programming, statistics, and various lab masterclasses. As well as this I completed a Professional Internship for PhD Students (PIPS) with Warwick Outreach as well as two rotation based lab projects at the University of Warwick and the University of Birmingham.
My current research involves creating and testing modified styrene maleic acid (SMA) co-polymers which can potentially be used to bind surface plasmon resonance (SPR) chips in order to study membrane protein interactions.