Sharing is caring: teaching and empowering the next generation

Everyone remembers a great teacher. And it is no less true for University mentors and supervisors than it is for younger students. At the University of Liverpool senior researchers are taking training methods to the next level, particularly for PhD students, by allowing them access to world-leading facilities under the Liverpool Shared Research Facilities (LIV-SRF) umbrella, strengthening its stated mission to ensure everyone has can access equipment and expertise in the pursuit of outstanding science.

LIV-SRF is headed up by Professor Ian Prior, NWCR Professor of Molecular Oncology, who stresses that all their facilities are relevant to cancer research, a major area of expertise at the University. "Our Bio-Imaging facilities allow in vivo tumour biology and the dynamics of cancer cell behaviour right down to the nanoscale organisation of cancer signalling networks to be visualised," Prior explains. “For personalized medicine too, we want better single cell analysis and spatial profiling. To be able to measure multiple things in a single cell is where people really want to be for clinical translation to improve patient outcomes.”

There's only a handful of some LIV-SRF instruments around the UK, and Liverpool is one of the UK Centres of Excellence. And Prior has brought some innovative thinking to his role as centre Director role, such as allowing access for PhD students whereas before only academics could access the kit. Furthermore, teaching structures ensure students learn how to do the microscopy or analysis technique themselves, rather than just handing the sample over to a technician and waiting for the results. “Our facilities are places where students are going to learn how to do the technique as well,” says Prior.

Back to: Liverpool Cancer Research Institute