Jemma Rees

09 Jun Jemma Rees

Type of role: Research Assistant
Type of position: placement
Company: Cardiff Institute of Tissue Engineering and Repair
Degree: Biomedical Sciences
Year of Graduation: 2015

Why I loved it:

Being at the forefront of stem cell research was very exciting. I enjoyed attending research lectures and seminars.

My best experience/greatest achievement:

Completing the project I worked all year on was a great feeling when the results were definitive and that the data contributed to the overall work of the department. I also met a member of the Nobel Prize committee at an event, which was very exciting!

What I learned:

I learned a huge amount about stem cell research, which is my interest, but I also learned a lot about networking, data analysis, time management and communication.

About my experience/Tips for students: 

CITER is internationally recognised for its expertise in basic, translational and clinical research in the field of tissue repair, regeneration and rehabilitation. Undertaking a placement was one of the best decisions I’ve made in University. As time progresses, you start by knowing very little up to being given sole responsibility for all your work. The skills that I learned on placement I have used throughout my final year and this has improved my grades and helped hugely through my dissertation. Undertaking a placement in my field of interest allowed me to see whether research may be my career in the future.