Today was the day I was looking forward to the most, a trip to the Oxford Biomedical Research Laboratories. We left early this morning for an hour and a half drive to Churchill Hospital. In order to beat the London rush hour traffic we arrived over an hour early. We then walked over to the research laboratory where we heard a lecture on Malaria from a PhD student working there. It was very interesting, he went over the life-cycle of the plasmodium that causes Malaria, as well as the current developments towards new vaccines! Very interesting lecture, which was then followed by another Doctor/PhD student who talked a bit about his career path and gave a rather inspirational speech about taking job opportunities when they arrive etc. Following this, we were split into groups and rotated through playing a matching game, playing an interactive tablet game about malaria, making mosquitos out of pipe cleaners, and finally getting a tour of the lab there. I was actually rather disappointed with the visit; I was really looking forward to actually seeing the labs and getting some detailed information about what they were doing there, however the tour portion only lasted a total of 6 minutes and the guide didn’t have time to explain very much.
Since this lab was located near the hospital rather than the main Oxford Colleges we then drove to the more central campus. It’s tough to call it a campus, because the buildings are all scattered in the town. We were dropped off and left to wander and explore for the rest of the afternoon, which was very pleasant, there was so much architecture to look at there!
The day was pretty long and exhausting, so after dinner back at Imperial, we played a small ping-pong tournament and then I decided to get some sleep.