Michelle Strickland (United Kingdom)

I’ve joined the Anderson Group wet lab team to assist with single cell sequencing of gut biopsies for an inflammatory bowel disease project, and later to scale up molecular work on patient samples. I moved sideways from the Tree of Life Programme where I helped establish the laboratory responsible for high-throughput preparation of eukaryotic specimens for multiple lines of sequencing. In the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic I seconded in a long-read sequencing R&D team, developing a multiplexing approach for sequencing large numbers of SARS-Cov-2 samples on PacBio and Oxford Nanopore platforms.
My molecular biology background is based on the natural sciences; for my PhD I looked into the genetic, structural and material properties of spider silk including an analysis of silk genes from the diving bell spider Argyroneta aquatica. I enjoyed spending time in pubs, schools and festival tents talking about spider silk research.
Outside of the lab I fly gliders, play board games and explore the world by train.