Student talks cell division with experts

LUCY TOWNEND
Last updated 12:00 21/07/2014

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A former Feilding student won a $5000 scholarship to work with international scientists at the cutting edge of cancer research in the United States.

Massey University biomedical researcher Sarah Bond, 26, was awarded this year's Zonta Manawatu Women in Science and Technology scholarship, sponsored by Graduate Women Manawatu Charitable Trust.

The award allowed her to attend the Gordon Research Conference on Chromatin Structure and Function at Bentley University in Massachusetts.

There was "immense satisfaction" from working on science experiments, Bond said.

"When you've been immersed in working on something and the experiment works, and you get good results, it's a really great feeling," she said.

"I'm interested in doing research that contributes to helping people. Cancer is still a huge problem - it's good to be seeking new solutions."

Bond met top scientists working in the highly specialised area of chromosome structure in cell division - a link to understanding cancer - which she is studying.

As well as finding out more about the developments in the field, Bond presented her PhD research on histone H1.4, a structural chromatin protein involved in the regulation of DNA compaction, or folding, throughout the cell cycle.

Her doctoral research is to further understand the fundamental role of chromatin in the cell and how it changes when a cell becomes cancerous.

After finishing her thesis, Bond says she wants to have a career in biomedical research. The former Feilding High School student graduated as a Massey scholar in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science in genetics and biochemistry, and completed first-class honours the following year. She was awarded a doctoral scholarship to pursue a career in biomedical research.

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- Manawatu Standard

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