Keturah Darbyshire: BSc Pharmacology Industrial Placement at Astra Zeneca
“I worked in CIRA, the Cancer and Infection Research Area, in a small team which looks at anti-cancer agents in normal (non-cancerous) body tissues. I was looking at the toxic actions of a particular class of novel chemotherapies on their effect on blood pressure and the heart.
The knowledge gained from my degree programme was a huge help in allowing me to pick up on the academic concepts surrounding my project quickly and efficiently. My industrial placement year was undoubtedly the best year of my life. I really enjoyed my project work and the experience I gained, especially of working in a large, well-known pharmaceutical company. Getting paid was rather nice as well!”