My MCRC focuses on the individuals that work for the MCRC. Each post can take whatever shape the writer wants. This month Postdoctoral Scientist Richard Rebello reflects on his past 6 months at the MCRC.
My name is Richard Rebello and I am a post-doctoral researcher in the Translational Oncogenomics group, led by Professor Rob Bristow. I work in the MCRC building and I moved to Manchester back in February of this year.
Until now I’ve lived my life in Australia. It was during my PhD that I noticed that many of the other staff and students were on studying/working stints as scientists abroad, and I realised over time that I wanted to have the same experience that they had when they decided to progress their careers overseas. Rob’s recruitment to the city attracted me here as he is a leading prostate biologist, and DNA repair expert.
Rob’s team is focussed on prostate cancer biology, and we are particularly interested in the role of germline or acquired mutations in genes associated with DNA repair and how this affects the initiation, progression and treatment of this disease. Specifically, I am interested in investigating the up-front aggressive phenotype in men who harbour germline mutations in the BRCA2 gene. The wet-lab team consists of me, Steve Lyons our senior research officer and Ronnie Pereira, a PhD student. The next fews months will bring in more colleagues as the team expands and I'm looking forward to this.
I actually had no idea what Manchester or the MCRC would be like before I got here, but my wife and I quickly warmed to this place and its people. The first thing that strikes you about Manchester is how friendly the people are. It’s got that family feel to it. The second thing that sticks out is the solidarity between colleagues. I was aware that there had been a fire in the Paterson building but it was great to see work continue despite the setback.
In my experience, the MCRC is a place where all staff are known and their contribution does not go unnoticed - the guys doing deliveries, the cleaners, the scientists, the clinicians etc – they all play an essential role in the function and output of the building and the wider MCRC partnership. This place is powered by teamwork from the ground up, and for a newbie such as myself this sticks out to me as something special. What is unique about working at the MCRC is that you are in a network with colleagues in the University’s Division of Cancer Sciences, the Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute and The Christie hospital. It is central station for any cancer science that comes out of Manchester. I look forward to the rest of the journey.