Physiology of Mutagenesis
University of Cambridge & MRC Cancer Unit

Laura Heskin

PhD Student

I’m a first-year PhD student exploring clinically-relevant mutational signatures and their use in the early detection of cancer.

My undergraduate at the University of Leicester focused on human pathophysiology, particularly the mechanisms of cancer. Following this, I earned an MRes Medicine (Distinction) from the University of Leeds, researching the blood-brain barrier in glioblastoma.

Before moving to Cambridge, I worked as a Research Technician for the Division of Oral Biology at the University of Leeds, specialising in histology and microscopy, and looking after the School of Dentistry’s tissue bank (that’s right – say hello to the real-life tooth fairy!)